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There is no doubting who the most famous member of the Hayes football family is. Woody is considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of college football, but it was his older brother Ike who left his mark on Ames and Iowa State.

Ike Hayes was named an All-American offensive lineman in 1935 and was the captain of the Cyclones’ squad that finished the season 2-4-3. He was a crucial piece in Iowa State’s historic 31-6 upset win over Iowa in 1934.

After his career on the gridiron, Hayes went on to be a revered veterinarian and even has a bench in his honor in the Vet Med Plaza on campus in Ames.

Hayes passed away suddenly in 1955, just a few weeks after watching his brother lead Ohio State to a Rose Bowl victory over USC. He was inducted into the Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.