Power Ranking the Famous Fans of Iowa Hawkeyes Football
The month of August doesn’t seem to want to cooperate with my college football addiction.
At the beginning of August, conferences and teams around the country conduct their media days and start the daily practice grind.
And like most college football fanatics, I’m starting to suffer from withdrawal symptoms because August won't get here fast enough.
No matter how much I plead with it, the month of August refuses to arrive earlier than usual. It is immune to my suffering.
To help combat the football dependence, I set out on a mission to prove that I can power rank anything if allotted enough time.
That includes power ranking celebrities who love the Iowa Hawkeyes.
College football is a hell of a drug.
8. Elijah Wood
Yup, Frodo Baggins is a Hawkeye.
Elijah Wood was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he modeled and acted in local commercials before moving with his family to Los Angeles in 1988.
Wood isn't a huge sports fan, but grew up with a family that supported Hawkeyes football and basketball.
7. Brandon Routh
Brandon Routh grew up in Norwork, Iowa, before attending the University of Iowa for a year in hopes of becoming a writer. Then he moved to Los Angeles and became the new Superman.
If the novel NILE ever sees the light of day in a movie production studio, Routh might be a perfect fit for the role of Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick.
6. Lance Armstrong
Last year on College Gameday, special guest Lance Armstrong showed his Hawkeye love on live national television.
Armstrong is a huge fan of college football. He makes it known that he is a die-hard Texas Longhorns fan, but the Iowa Hawkeyes have a special place in his heart.
On Saturdays in the fall, he is known to send a few congratulatory tweets the Hawks way.
5. Tom Brokaw
Tom Brokaw started his college career at the University of Iowa.
His party habits seemed to develop at a faster rate than his study habits, so his stay at Iowa didn't last long.
But he has remained a die-hard Hawkeye since and worked to create a scholarship fund for Native American students at the university.
The longtime NBC news anchor was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the 2010 graduation ceremony at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and he proved his Hawkeye loyalties during his speech.
"It occurred to me that if I were to be making the same kind of speech at Ohio State, I would have to speak much more slowly and use shorter words for their graduates," Brokaw jabbed.
4. Shawn Johnson
2008 Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson was born in Des Moines, Iowa. She hasn't attended college yet, but that doesn't stop her from proudly supporting the Iowa Hawkeyes.
During the 2009 college football season, Johnson made Adrian Clayborn proud by poking fun at in-state rival Iowa State through a to-the-point tweet.
"Big Cyclone game...I have no idea why im even watching i dont even like that team haha HAWKEYES!"
3. Tom Arnold
Say what you will about actor Tom Arnold, he is still one of the most outspoken Iowa Hawkeye advocates in the history of the state.
Arnold was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, and attended the University of Iowa before going into stand-up comedy.
Later, he was a host of Fox Sports' Best Damn Sports Show Period, where he spared no opportunity to promote the Hawkeyes.
He lives, eats, sleeps and breathes Black and Gold.
2. Zach Johnson
PGA golfer Zach Johnson is a proud Iowa native. He attended Drake University but makes no attempt to deny his die-hard Hawkeye love.
Johnson is always excited for college football, especially Iowa football. He has been known to make friendly wagers with fellow golfers over games and battles it out on Twitter with SEC homers.
He was born in the University of Iowa Hospitals, both of his parents graduated from Iowa, and growing up he went to almost every home game.
Johnson also uses the Hawkeyes as a way to stay connected with his home state while out on the PGA tour.
Here's a video from the Cedar Rapids Gazette's Mike Hlas of Johnson explaining his love for the Hawks.
1. Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher is an Iowa native and an ultra die-hard Hawkeye fan.
Kutcher attended the University of Iowa and worked as a waiter at the Airliner in Iowa City before dropping out to pursue a career in modeling and acting.
Not only did he marry one of the hottest actresses in the movie business (Demi Moore), he also conquered Hollywood and Twitter. The former That '70s Show star frequently tweets about the Hawkeyes.
After Iowa's 2010 Orange Bowl victory, he proclaimed he was “Proud to be a Hawkeye!” to his five million followers.
Kutcher recently sent a picture message describing how he feels about the Maize and Blue. "I have to wear this tshirt in my movie and it makes me want to throw up."