Iowa Hawkeyes in the NFL

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The University of Iowa was established in 1847 as the State University of Iowa, and the athletics department has been part of the Big Ten Conference since 1899. While the university is well-known for its wrestling prowess (they’ve brought home 23 national championships), it has an impressive football program as well, winning 11 Big Ten championships and seeing plenty of play in bowl games, including a 2010 Orange Bowl victory.

Iowa produced Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick in 1939. Although his time on Earth was short (he died during a WWII training mission just a few years later in 1943), Kinnick lives on in many ways. The stadium the team plays in is named after him, his face appears on the coin used in every Big Ten coin toss, and there is a statue of him outside Kinnick Stadium.

Former Hawkeyes that have made it to the NFL include Dallas Clark (long-time tight end for the Championship Indianapolis Colts) and second overall pick in the 2004 draft, Robert Gallery. Iowa has also produced Pro Football Hall of Famers, including Emlen Tunnell, Paul Krause, and Andre Tippett.

There are 25 current Hawkeyes in the NFL. Let’s check them out.

Go Hawkeyes

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There are 25 NFL players who played college ball at Iowa. C.J. Beathard, for example, has taken over the reins in San Francisco as he prepares to make his first NFL start. Beathard is the grandson of former general manager Bobby Beathard. Bobby had a lot of success working with two NFL Teams – the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins – earning four Big Game appearances (including two wins). While C.J. is just seeing his career launch, we’ll have to watch to see where this former Hawkeye’s path goes in the NFL.

Rookie mini camp in the books! So blessed to be apart of such a great organization! #niners

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Let’s not forget Bryan Bulaga, the formidable offensive lineman who blocks for the Green Bay Packers. Bulaga has been a member of the Packers since he was drafted No. 23 overall in 2010 and was part of the squad that won it all his rookie season.

Micah Hyde is another standout player. This former Hawkeye was also drafted by the Packers, albeit in 2013, and continues to cover receivers for the Buffalo Bills after the team signed him as a free agent in 2017. Now in his fifth season, Hyde has 12 interceptions (so far) and four sacks.

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Another former Hawkeye drafted by the Packers is Mike Daniels, who joined the team in 2012.  Now in his sixth season, Daniels has racked up 23.5 career sacks and 125 tackles.

Workload Thursday let's get it !!!! #GoPackGo #Packers #NFL #Football

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Moving to the Big Time

The 2017 season brought a much longed-for change: The university’s beloved Tiger Hawk emblem finally adorns the field at Kinnick Stadium. If you’re heading to the stadium to watch your Hawkeyes take on their rivals, or you’ve been following former players through the NFL, Fanatics has all your gear needs covered, from jerseys to hoodies to hats.

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The Evolution of the Washington Redskins Logo

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The Washington Redskins are one of the older NFL franchises around, but they didn’t get their start as the Redskins, nor were they even in D.C. at the time. In fact, businessmen George Preston Marshall, Vincent Bendix, Jay O’Brien, and Dorland Doyle bought a NFL franchise for Boston in 1932. The team played at Braves Field and were then known as The Braves – the same name as the Boston Braves, a National League baseball team.

The following year, the club took the field at Fenway Park, and Marshall chose a new name for the squad: The Redskins. Although legend has it he chose the name to honor Native American head coach William “Lone Star” Dietz, further investigation suggests that he picked a similar name to the original Braves moniker to avoid confusion with the baseball team – and so he could keep using the same logo.

Winning in Washington

In 1937, the NFL approved the transfer of the Boston Redskins to Washington, D.C., and an official marching band (the first of its kind) was formed to welcome fans from the moment they entered the gates. Since then, the team has enjoyed a few historical seasons during its tenure, the first being the strike-shortened 1982 season when they won their first Super Bowl. Led by the legendary Joe Theismann and his favorite target, Hall of Famer Art Monk, the team reached the championship again the next season, but fell to the Raiders in the 1983 Super Bowl. The Redskins took down the Broncos to win their second Vince Lombardi Trophy after the 1987 season. Their third Super Bowl win came in the 1991 season, when they outscored the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI.

While the Redskins haven’t advanced very far in the playoffs since those victories (they lost in the divisional round three times and in the wild-card round three times since their last Super Bowl win), they have had several superstars on their roster. For example, Clinton Portis started out in Denver, but he wound up in D.C. after two seasons with the Broncos and enjoyed several successful seasons as the Redskins’ featured running back. Santana Moss caught over 1,000 yards as a Redskin several times, and Charley Taylor is a Hall of Famer who saw playing time in the ‘60s and ‘70s as a halfback and wide receiver. Redskins fans also fondly remember promising safety Sean Taylor, who was shot and killed by a home intruder in 2007, three years after being picked fifth overall in the NFL draft.

Through the many decades of Redskin action, how has their logo fared? Let’s take a look.

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1937–1951: When the Redskins become the Washington Redskins, they go from a simple wordmark as members of the Boston Redskins to an early version of today’s familiar logo. The profile of a Native American is featured in a white circle with yellow trim, and he has two red feathers in his hair.

1952–1959: A similar design debuts, but this one lacks a circle and the two feathers are yellow and red.

1960–1964: A simpler logo appears in 1960 and depicts a silhouette image of a Native American in white against a red background.

1965–1969: The Native American is no longer featured in the logo. Instead, the logo is a white and gold arrow decorated with a single feather.

1970–1971: During his brief tenure with the Redskins before his death, Vince Lombardi pushes for a new logo that is revealed in 1970. It features a red “R” in a circle with two feathers hanging down from the side. It’s said he was inspired by the logo of another team he coached, the Green Bay Packers.

1972–1981: Discussions with Native American leaders takes place prior to the next logo change. One such leader, Walter “Blackie” Wetzel, strongly encourages and approves this new logo, which features a Native American within a yellow circle against a white background. The profile of the Native American wears two feathers, and the circle is adorned with two feathers as well.

1982: Briefly, the Redskins use a tucked feather design because the decals used for the helmets aren’t sticking properly near the tail-end of the hanging feathers.

1983–Present: The Redskins return to an earlier version (with hanging feathers). This is how the logo remains today.

Hail to the Redskins

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The Evolution of the Washington Redskins Jersey

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Field uniforms are – for most fans – the first way they recognize their favorite players. The science and art of what makes a good uniform is studied and debated at length as part of the underlying mythology of gridiron football; a bad uniform can spoil the football experience as much or more than bad cheerleaders or poor officiating from the referees.

According to NFL rules, a team can change its uniform significantly only once every five years. While minor changes, such as wearing an already approved previous uniform – known as a “throwback” – or an announced alternative jersey, are permitted, the league takes seriously its commitment to brand consistency. While most teams typically take the opportunity to change their looks on a regular basis, many teams don’t. The Indianapolis Colts, for example, have worn their white-and-blue uniform since 1957. The Green Bay Packers have been consistent since 1961, the Kansas City Chiefs since 1963, and the Oakland Raiders since 1964.

Included in this list of perennially consistent uniforms is the Washington Redskins, who have not seen a major uniform modification since 1972. For fans of the official team of the nation’s capital, the white, gold, and burgundy of the Redskins jersey symbolize their love and commitment to their long-suffering and maligned team, whose legacy in the ’80s and ’90s dwarfs the difficulties the team faces today.

The third-most valuable team in the league, but currently the 13th-most popular, the Redskins have a lot of reasons to celebrate their past in their uniform. We created a retrospective to look at the evolution of the Redskins’ jersey, from its humble beginning to its current iteration.

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A Proud History

1937: In 1932, a group led by laundry chain owner George Preston Marshall bought the rights to the former NFL team the Boston Braves. Marshall moved the team to Fenway Park – the home of the Boston Red Sox – and renamed his team “Redskins” both to continue using the Braves’ uniforms and to build kinship with Red Sox fans. The original uniform was a burgundy long-sleeve jersey with a stylized profile of a Native American head on front instead of number patches. This was paired with gold pants.

Boston, at the time, was not known for its football fan base. Struggling home tickets sales persuaded Marshall to move the team to Washington in 1937. During the early years as the Washington Redskins, the team had some of their most poignant moments: They won their first league title the year of their move, won their second championship in 1942 and lost the 1940, 1943 and 1945 championship games.

This early success helped to make the team a beloved part of Washington life. The jersey of this period, introduced in 1937, moved the Native American head to the sleeves – with both patches showing the head from the right side. In practical terms, this meant that the head on the player’s right sleeve was looking forward, but the head on the left sleeve was looking backward. The Redskins’ 1994 “throwback” jersey honored this by having reverse-facing sleeve patches, as well. In front of the 1937 jersey were gold number patches with white outlines.

1942–1956: Over the next decade and a half, the jersey saw only cosmetic changes – a switch to solid white number patches in 1942 with the removal of the reverse-facing patches, a new font for the number patches that was used only in 1948, and the addition of the gold-and-white vertical shoulder stripes in 1956. The 1956 jersey also marked the adoption of the team’s official colors of white, burgundy, and gold. The 1956 jersey aligned with the Redskins’ fall from grace – the team had been knocked out of playoff contention for the last 10 years and would not make a playoff for 15 more.

1962: The Redskins would not be serious contenders until 1962. That year marked the drafting of Syracuse University’s Ernie Davis, the Redskins’ first African-American player. To mark the season, the Redskins introduced a new road uniform – a white mid-sleeve jersey with burgundy vertical shoulder sleeves, front number patches, and sleeve numbers coupled with gold pants with a burgundy stripe and a burgundy helmet with a feather down the center.

1966–1970: The years leading up to 1971 showed a team in flux – both in substance and in appearance. 1966 saw a short-sleeved burgundy home jersey with no shoulder stripes and white front and sleeve number patches. 1969 welcomed the hiring of celebrated coach Vince Lombardi and another jersey change – this time, the burgundy home jersey adding the NFL logo on the shoulder in celebration of the NFL’s 50th anniversary and gold and white alternating sleeve cuff stripes.

1970 saw Lombardi’s death and a change to the road jersey – burgundy and gold stripes to the collar and horizontally at the sleeves against a white jersey with burgundy front and sleeve numbers.

1971–1972: George Allen’s signing on as coach in 1971 saw the Redskins return to stability and the playoffs. The team made four playoffs consecutively, with minor jersey alterations happening at this time. Of considerable note, however, is that in 1972, the Redskins’ logo took its modern form – that of a Native American brave in profile, surrounded by a gold-framed ring with white-and-gold war feathers. This was the final major uniform alteration to date.

The White, Gold, and Burgundy

In the years that follow, the Redskins challenged the 49ers and the Cowboys for league dominance. On the strengths of Joe Theismann, Art Monk, Russ Grimm, and head coach Joe Gibbs, the Redskins won Super Bowl XVII in 1983, won the NFC East in 1982 and 1984, made it to the NFC Championship Game in 1986, and won Super Bowl XXII in 1988 and Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.

“Some of my favorite early memories involve the Washington Redskins,” wrote a Redskins loyalist in a Huffington Post blog. “For as long as I remember, I’ve watched games on Sundays. My father is a Washington, D.C., native who has been a fan of the team since they moved to town from Boston in 1937. I’ve watched the ’Skins play with four generations of my family and, though I now live near a team that regularly makes the playoffs, my loyalty remains with my oft beleaguered Washington football team.”

Currently, there are 5 style jersey’s available at Fanatics:

  1. Alternate
  2. Fashion
  3. Team
  4. Throwback
  5. White

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