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Tim Dwight named honorary captain

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 04, 2011 7:20 AM

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Former Iowa and NFL wide receiver Tim Dwight will return to Iowa City this weekend to serve as the Hawkeyes' honorary captain against Michigan, according to a release.

The 1997 consensus All-American became famous for his skills as a kick returner; nicknamed "White Lightning," Dwight returned five punts for touchdowns in his four-year Iowa career. His 1,102 career punt return yards are still the Big Ten record.

Dwight, an Iowa City native and City High alum, was the Hawkeyes' leading receiver from 1995-97 and held a share of the Black and Gold record for touchdown catches until current wideout Marvin McNutt surpassed him two weeks ago.

The 36-year-old was taken in the fourth round of the 1998 NFL draft — despite being just 5-8 and 180 pounds — and spent nine years in the league; his career highlight came in his rookie season with Atlanta, when he returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXIII. He also played for San Diego, New England, the New York Jets, and Oakland before his career ended following the 2007 season.

Dwight will stand with Iowa's captains for the pregame coin flip on Saturday.

Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m., but fans are encouraged to be in their seats early in order to participate in a tribute to Iowa's military members. A public-address announcement will be read prior to kickoff, the team will recognize nine Iowa military personnel who lost their lives overseas this year, and a military flyover will take place during the national anthem.

— by Seth Roberts


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