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CELEBRATE VETERAN'S DAY WITH NILE KINNICK BEATING NOTRE DAME

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Today also marks the 75th anniversary of the Hawkeyes' most famous veteran's best performance.

Nile Kinnick takes a sweep right toward the boundary as a tackler pursues. His right, our left.
Nile Kinnick takes a sweep right toward the boundary as a tackler pursues. His right, our left.
University of Iowa

Today is Veteran's Day, and first and foremost we'd like to hail the men and women who comprise our armed forces and put themselves into situations we can't even imagine to protect our American way of life. We know we have a lot of veterans who read and comment here, and on behalf of BHGP, thank you for everything you've done and will do. We love you.

Today also just so happens to be the 75th anniversary of Nile Kinnick's iconic performance against Notre Dame, a 7-6 victory that vaulted Iowa into the national spotlight and Kinnick into Heisman (and football) lore. That was Iowa's fabled Ironman squad, and the Hawkeyes only used 15 players (with Kinnick carrying the load at halfback, defensive back and punter) in the upset of the Irish.

Marc Morehouse tweeted this out yesterday, but the UI has archive footage of that game that's free for you to watch. There's no sound or anything, but it's 18 minutes for you to travel back in time three-quarters of a century, and to see the Hawkeyes pull one of their most memorable victories of all time in what was to become Kinnick Stadium in its 1939 glory. SPOILER: it looks awfully familiar.

CLICK HERE GO WATCH NILE KINNICK AND THE 1939 HAWKEYES NOW IT'S AWESOME GO GO GO

EDIT: Iowa also went ahead and uploaded it on YouTube:

Again, thank you to the veterans in our community, and the veterans that surround each of our lives and risk their health and well-being for our own good. It's a tremendous sacrifice and we wish nothing but good things for each and every one of you.