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Former Hawkeye, NFL player named honorary captain

BY IAN MARTIN | SEPTEMBER 07, 2012 6:30 AM

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Former Iowa All-American and NFL veteran Matt Roth will be the honorary captain for the Iowa-Iowa State football game this weekend. The former Iowa defensive end will be on the field for the coin toss before the kickoff, scheduled for 2:42 p.m.

An Illinois native, Roth was an important cog in the Iowa defense from 2001-2004. He helped Iowa to Big Ten championships in both 2002 and 2004 and bowl victories in three of his four seasons.

Individually, Roth racked up accolades during his time in the Big Ten. The 6-4 linebacker was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in his final two seasons, and he had 7 sacks and 3 forced fumbles in league play during his senior year.

While in the National Football League, Roth played for Miami — which drafted him in the second round in 2005 — Cleveland, and Jacksonville. He split time at defensive end and linebacker while in the league. In his final season with the Jaguars in 2011, Roth started nine games before retiring to Iowa City.


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