Iowa History Daily: On December 2 two different historical Iowa Hawkeye football moments happened: In 1958, Iowa quarterback Randy Duncan went #1 to the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Draft, and in 1998 the Hawkeyes hired Head Coach Kirk Ferentz.
Born in North Iowa’s Osage, Duncan spent part of his childhood in Mason City before ultimately spending his high school days at Des Moines Roosevelt where he led the Rough Riders to an undefeated state championship on the gridiron and the state finals twice in basketball.
At Iowa, Duncan played in the Rose Bowl twice, and won BIG 10 MVP in the 1958 season when he led the nation in completion percentage and passing yardage. After finishing second in Heisman voting, Duncan decided to head to play for the British Columbia Lions in the CFL instead of taking his talents to Green Bay as the #1 NFL Draft Pick.
Currently the longest tenured head coach at one program in FBS, Kirk Ferentz initially arrived in Iowa City to serve as the offensive line coach from 1981 to 1989. Tapped to serve as the 25th Head Coach in Hawkeye football history, Ferentz returned to Iowa after stints leading the University of Maine and working in the NFL. Over his tenure to date, Ferentz led the Hawkeyes to a 185-115 record while capturing two BIG 10 championships and AP Coach of the Year honors. #IowaOTD #IowaHistoryDaily #IowaHistoryCalendar