Rodgers named honorary captain for Saturday's game

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 16, 2011 7:20 AM

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Former Iowa quarterback Matt Rodgers will serve as the honorary captain for the Hawkeyes' game against Pittsburgh on Saturday in Kinnick Stadium.

Rodgers was a three-year starter while lettering at Iowa from 1988-91. He led the 1990 Hawkeyes to a berth in the 1991 Rose Bowl and was named first-team All-Big Ten, an honor he earned again the next season while helping Iowa to the Holiday Bowl.

The Walpole, Mass., native ranks fifth in school history in passing yards (6,725) and touchdowns (41). He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills and played in the NFL for two seasons, including in 1993 as a member of the Bills' Super Bowl team.

Rodgers' father, Jim, lettered for the Iowa men's basketball team from 1962-64 and later became the Boston Celtics' head coach.

Rodgers will join the Iowa captains — Mike Daniels, Marvin McNutt, Tyler Nielsen, and James Vandenberg — at midfield for the pregame coin toss.

— by Jordan Garretson

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