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SBNation College Football Hall of Fame Nominee Poll: Defense

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Next up, the defense. Vote!

EDIT: Bob is running away with the vote a bit and I get that (I love Bob to bits myself), but commenter rockyh wrote a very eloquent endorsement for Larry Station. I recommend reading it and considering it before you make your vote.

Yes, Bob Sanders was an integral part of a couple good defenses. But Larry Station was even more dominant. He and Cal Jones (disqualified from this SBN thingy because pre-1962) are the only two 2-time consensus All Americans in Iowa history; Station got All American mention all 4 years he played. He’s the career leader in career tackles. As a true freshman he led the team in tackles… with only 5 starts. Suffice it to say, he led the team in tackles the other three years of his career. Remember that iconic #1 vs #2 game in 1985, with Rob Houghtlin’s kick to win it as time expired? Guess who blew up Michigan’s halfback for a 2-yard loss on 3rd and short to let Iowa have a chance at the go-ahead score? If you guessed Larry Station, you win a cookie!

How many times was Bob Sanders a consensus All American? Zero. He was a second-team all American by the AP. He is 7th on Iowa’s career tackles leaderboard. Larry Station has more than twice as many career tackles as Bob Sanders. How many times has Bob Sanders been named to the College Football HoF? 1 less than Larry Station, and it will remain that way. Do you remember LaVar Arrington? Andy Katzenmoyer? Junior Seau? Ray Lewis? Station’s in the same club. Only difference is he blew out his back in the Rose Bowl and his pro career was cut short as that injury lingered, but he was a 1st round pick by the Steelers.

Bob Sanders is one of the better defensive players to ever play at Iowa. Larry Station is one of the better defensive players to ever play.


DL- Andre Tippett. All-American and two time All-Big Ten selection. 20 Tackles for a loss in 1980. Captain of probably the second best defense in Iowa history

LB – Larry Station – Two-time consensus AA. In real CFB HOF. Led the Hawkeyes in tackles all four seasons he played and holds Iowa’s record for all-time total tackles (492).

DB - Paul Krause

DE - Matt Roth
LB - Chad Greenway
CB - Merton Hanks

DB - Devon Mitchell was honorable mention AA.

DB - Bobby Stoops was also honorable mention AA and Iowa’s 1982 team MVP.

SS - Bob Sanders

DL - Mike Wells – 1993 – All Big Ten – 33 total sacks was school record

DL - Jared DeVries