100 Greatest Iowa Athletes

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  1. Lamoni

    Lamoni Member

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    I have been following a podcast this week that is counting down the 100 greatest Iowa athletes. They are defining "Iowan" by athletes who spent their formative years in the state. I think Gable, Feller, Collison, Hinrich, Korver, Shawn Johnson, Kurt Warner will all probably be in the Top 10-15.

    Some Cyclones on the list so far:
    85. Lisa Uhl
    71. Mike Busch
    61. Loren Meyer
    57. Gary Thompson
    52. Sage Rosenfels
    38. Glen Brand
    29. Fred Hoiberg
     
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    I expect my avatar may make an appearance as well. I haven't heard about this until now, so I have no idea what number they're on.
     
  3. BCClone

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    Nile Kinnick will be top five I'm sure.
     
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    I’m guessing Adam Haluska will be on the list somewhere. He won state in the 100 m dash and was just super athletic... before turning to the dark side.
     
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  5. BCClone

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    Most of the ones listed on the one posters list all played pro or competed in the Olympics. Guessing Haluska will not make the cut.
     
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    Adam. Woodbury. 'nuff said.
     
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    So it’s more of a list of who had the best after HS/College careers and not best HS/College careers?
     
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    To me it looks like it starts with college level and then gives favor to those who went to the next level. Obviously with a few exceptions like shawn Johnson and such.

    EDIT: The question will be if Aaron Kampman/ Jared DeVries guys make it (I guess Dallas Clark also). Well know, but not as well known during college as they were since they weren't skill position (yes clark was) players. Mike Stensrud falls in that group also.
     
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    I think it's safe to assume that if you were that fantastic in high school you went on to play college or the Olympics. There are probably a few that elected to not do it but mostly all star high school players play college.
     
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    Wonder where Todd Blythe is. I think he ran track, played basketball also. Not sure. Casey Blake will be up there. He played all sports and was great. BTW No I am not from Indianola. haha
     
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    Where's Pete Kostelnick?

    He's a Cyclone!
     
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    Jim Doran--toughest mother to ever wear cardinal and gold.
     
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    If they're counting college years as enough Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner actually should be on the list.
     
  14. Lamoni

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    They just released the Top 20 today. Here is the Top 10:

    1. Bob Feller
    2. Dan Gable
    3. Shawn Johnson
    4. Kurt Warner
    5. Zach Johnson
    6. Kyle Korver
    7. Bryce Paup
    8. Cap Anson
    9. Lolo Jones
    10. Roger Craig

    Surprised (but not disappointed) that Kinnick wasn't in the top 10. Good to see Jim Doran and Freddie were fairly high on it. Should a golfer be in the Top 10?

    Link to the full list:
    https://www.moonlightgrahamshow.com/top-100

    Link to the podcast of the Top 20:
    https://www.moonlightgrahamshow.com/podcast/2019/3/15/ep-100-part-5-of-5-the-top-100-athletes-in-the-history-of-iowa
     
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    The list is made up of native Iowans. Athletes who spent their formative years in the state.
     
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    No mike stensrud? All American at ISU and retired from the NFL after 10 years or so.
     
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    They have the wrong town for Jared DeVries...it's Aplington, not Parkersburg.
     
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    Cap Anson to me is the most interesting on the list. He likely was the most famous at the height of his fame although Kurt Warner had huge name recognition for a few years. He's also probably the most controversial and the one who sticks out as a villain through today's lens. Lolo's insignificant "controversies" make her look saintly in comparison.
     
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    Agreed about Anson. One of the real titans of early MLB, but the man was a virulent and unrepentant racist.
     
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  20. Lamoni

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    Did not realize this until you mentioned it now. Yikes.
     

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