“I thank God that I was born to the gridirons of the Middle West and not to the battlefields of Europe.”
— Nile Kinnick, remarks to the Downtown Athletic Club of New York City, Dec. 6, 1939
Like many Iowans, my Hawkeye football pre-game routine includes a visit to the statue of Iowa’s only Heisman award winner that towers outside the south end zone of the stadium that bears his name.
This weekend was no exception, but as I stood alongside Kinnick’s 20-foot bronze likeness, it wasn’t reclaiming Floyd of Rosedale or continuing Iowa’s improbable climb in the college football rankings that occupied the space in my mind. With Friday’s Paris terrorist attacks not yet 24 hours old, I was struck by my surroundings.
Iowans, as far as the eye could see, were eating, drinking, listening to music, hanging out with friends, and looking forward to forgetting about the stresses of life for a few hours while cheering on their beloved sports team. In other words, Iowans doing the very things thousands of Parisians were doing when terror struck.Read More >>