Former ISU star DE Reggie Hayward soars in action against Iowa. (Photo courtesy ISU Athletics Communications)

Each day leading up to Iowa State’s season opener against South Dakota State, Cyclone Fanatic will check another day off the calendar with a memorable statistic, player or game as part of our Countdown to Kickoff presented by Tailgate Clothing.



A long list of former Cyclones have gone on to successful careers at the professional level, but only a handful have enjoyed the success and longevity of Reggie Hayward.

The Cyclones’ third all-time leader in sacks played nine seasons in the NFL with the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins before a leg injury cut his career short in 2009. The Dolton, Illi. native totaled 174 tackles, 39.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles during those nine years.

All that came after an Iowa State career that leaves him remembered as one of the most disruptive defensive ends in program history. Hayward recorded 229 tackles, 27.5 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries during his four-year career from 1997-2000.

He also holds the distinction of being one of the captains of Iowa State’s 2000 squad regarded as one of, if not the, best teams in program history. You can read more about Hayward’s story and his career at Iowa State in this 2017 WATN column from our own Rob Gray.

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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.