Hawkeye great to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame as part of 2021 class
The College Football Hall of Fame has announced its 2021 class and it includes both an Iowa Hawkeyes’ legend, and a second Hawkeye teammate who’s entering in the same class but as a head coach at another school.
Andre Tippett and Bob Stoops played together on Hayden Fry’s early Iowa teams, including on a dominant defensive unit in 1981 that led the Hawkeyes to the 1981 Big Ten title and the 1982 Rose Bowl, the program’s first appearance in Pasadena since 1959. Tippett and Stoops were key starters on what was known as an aggressive and extremely rough defensive squad.
While Tippett went on to a Hall of Fame career in professional football with the New England Patriots, Stoops returned to Iowa City as a graduate assistant under Fry before embarking on a sensational coaching career of his own. Tippett will enter the hall as a Hawkeye while Stoops, on the other hand, will be inducted as the former head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners, a program he led on a nearly two decade run of excellence that included the 2000 national championship after his 12-0 Sooners upset the favored Florida State Seminoles, 13-2, in the BCS Orange Bowl.
The rest of the 2021 inductees can be viewed below.