Another Hawkeye is about to join the long list of Iowa football players and coaches to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Former linebacker Larry Station will be inducted into the hall during the National Football Foundation’s annual Enshrinement Festival in South Bend, Indiana on July 16-17, 2010. The original announcement came in 2009, but the official ceremony kicks off in a few short days.
Station is the fourteenth Hawkeye player or coach in the history of the school to earn the honor, and the first since legendary head coach Hayden Fry was inducted in 2003. He will be enshrined along with 23 other players and coaches including fellow Big Ten players Chris Spielman (Ohio State) and Curt Warner (Penn State).
The Nebraska native is the only player in Iowa's history to lead the team in tackles for four-consecutive seasons, recording a career total of 492 tackles (301 solo). Twenty-three times in his long career, Station recorded ten or more tackles in a game.
"Larry is truly a special person," said former coach Fry when the announcement was made last year. "In my entire coaching career, he was probably the best defensive player I had the privilege to work with. He could anticipate where the ball was going better than any linebacker I was ever associated with."
Station twice earned First Team All-America and First Team Academic All-America honors and was selected First Team All-Big Ten three times. He helped lead Iowa to a 35-13-1 record during his career as a Hawkeye, including four consecutive bowl games and a Big Ten Championship in 1985.
He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1986 but was forced to retire after one season due to a back injury. After his retirement, Station returned to school and earned his M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1990. He now operates a variety of business ventures, including a neighborhood grocery store in Omaha.
In 1999, Sports Illustrated selected Station as the 38th greatest sports figure in history from the state of Nebraska.
"You don't have time to think. All you do is react to the movement," Station once explained . "That's what I did, I just reacted to that first movement."