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Is Spencer Lee the best Iowa Hawkeye athlete ever?

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34 minutes ago, Jimmy Cinnabon said:

Is he the best ever right now?  Or will he be if he wins title #4?

No, Tom Brands has 3 NCAAs plus an Olympic golds, which is better than 4 NCAAs.

Also, they produced Alex Karras, who was a great football olayer and also played Mongo.

 

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4 minutes ago, NJDan said:

No, Tom Brands has 3 NCAAs plus an Olympic golds, which is better than 4 NCAAs.

Also, they produced Alex Karras, who was a great football olayer and also played Mongo.

 

Wait, Mongo was legit a Hawkeye?

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18 minutes ago, Perry said:

Wait, Mongo was legit a Hawkeye?

His older brothers, Lou (a future member of the Redskins) and Ted (who later played with the Bears and Lions), had played at Purdue but later Ted transferred to Indiana. Because of this, Alex said, "Indiana had the inside track" on recruiting him.[citation needed] Shortly after he graduated from high school, three coaches from the Iowa Hawkeyes met Karras at his brother Louie's house with an airplane and flew him to Spencer, Iowa, where he remained incommunicado through the summer. Writing in the Detroit Free Press in 1971 (as reprinted in the Iowa City Press-Citizen), Karras said that "nobody knew where I was, not even my mom, although Louie told her not to worry. Obviously, Iowa came up with something, I have no intention of stirring up any mess. I'll only say that, as Louie explained it, some accommodations were made by the people at Iowa that would make things easier for the family, and so away I went. It was the beginning of some awful years."[4]

Karras struggled in the beginning at Iowa, with classwork, homesickness and with his coach, Forest Evashevski. He was a pledge at Sigma Nu fraternity during his first year in school. Karras probably would have left Iowa had he not befriended a Greek theater owner, Ernie Pannos, as well as fellow players Cal Jones and Bob Commings. Karras' sophomore year with Iowa in 1955 got off to a rocky start when he showed up for practice twenty pounds (9 kg) overweight. Karras was also hampered that season by a cracked ankle bone. After being disappointed at not getting to play in the season finale, Karras threw a shoe at Evashevski and quit the team. Karras did not earn a football letter for the 1955 season.[citation needed]

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1 hour ago, Jimmy Cinnabon said:

Is he the best ever right now?  Or will he be if he wins title #4?

No, Tom Brands has 3 NCAAs plus an Olympic golds, which is better than 4 NCAAs.

Also, they produced Alex Karras, who was a great football olayer and also played Mongo.

AND GET THIS:

Before his NFL career got underway, Karras signed a contract as a professional wrestler on December 13, 1957, earning $25,000 during the six-month off-season. Karras was the tenth selection of the 1958 NFL draft, taken by the Detroit Lions

 

 

 

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Spencer is probably the answer. But, #2 is Cal Jones - 3 time first team all-American (only three year eligible). Snubbed the NFL, played one year in Canada and made the CFL all-star team as a rookie. Then died in a plane crash. Would have been a legend.

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