Hawkeyes Rocking the NFL

The Iowa Hawkeyes will be well represented on Sunday in the Super Bowl as Austin Blythe will be playing for the NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams, starting on the offensive line.

On the other side, the Patriots will deploy defensive end Adrian Clayborn in the starting lineup and also employ the services of other former Hawkeyes James Ferentz, Cole Croston and Riley McCarron.

This is Blythe’s second year with Los Angeles after being waived by the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. He appeared in all 16 games in 2017, earning one start. 

Blythe earned the starting job with the Rams this year after a suspension for incumbent starter Jamon Brown. Blythe played so well in the first couple weeks that even when Brown returned, he retained the starting job.

In his eighth year in the league, Clayborn will be playing in his second Super Bowl, having also made in 2016 with the Falcons. Although he is coming off his worst season statistically, Clayborn did record the highest pressure rate among all defensive players at 17.3% during the 2018 season.

Other Hawkeyes making news at the NFL level include George Kittle, Marshal Yanda and Casey Kreiter, who were all named to the Pro Bowl and played in Orlando this past Sunday.

Kittle set an NFL record in 2018 for most receiving yards by a tight end in a single season with 1377. He also recorded 88 catches and five receiving touchdowns, all of which led the San Francisco 49ers. He was also named to the All-Pro Second Team.

After an injury filled 2017, Yanda returned to the Pro-Bowl for the Baltimore Ravens for the sixth time while Kreiter earned his first Pro Bowl nod as a Special Teams player with the Denver Broncos.