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Iowa History Daily: February 19 - Hawkeye Paul Krause Snags Record

Iowa History Daily: On February 19, 1942, legendary Iowa Hawkeye defensive back, running back, and wide receiver Paul Krause was born. Krause went on to snag the NFL’s career interception record (81) in 1979 while playing for the Minnesota Vikings.

A four-sport athlete in high school, Krause arrived in Iowa City to play football and baseball for the Hawkeyes. A three-year letterwinner for Iowa, Krause clearly exhibited incredible athletic prowess for the Hawks. Krause earned All-American honors in baseball as a sophomore, he decided to return to Iowa when he saw his name called in the MLB Draft. 

By his senior year, Krause proved a multiple threat for the Hawkeyes on the gridiron. He finished his college career with 42 receptions for 718 yards, 49 carries for 263 yards, and 8 touchdowns. Selected to the Senior Bowl, the East-West Shrine game, and the Coaches’ All-American game, Krause also found his way into the NFL as a second-round pick of Washington in 1964.

An eight time Pro Bowler, Krause again showed considerable athletic talents. Despite his on-field success, Washington traded Krause to Minnesota during 1968. Krause went on to appear in four Super Bowls with the Vikings, while also capturing the all-time NFL interceptions record. When he snagged his 80th interception, he broke the previous NFL record of 79 held by Hawkeye great Em Tunnell. #IowaOTD #IowaHistoryDaily #IowaHistoryCalendar


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