Iowa football: 30 greatest players in Hawkeyes history

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Gordon Locke is one of the few Iowa football players to be named First-Team All-American twice. He was one of the key cogs in an incredible three-year run for the Hawkeyes that resulted in Iowa’s first two Big Ten Championships.

During his tenure with the Hawkeyes, he lost two games total and was a part of two undefeated teams. The final record of the Hawks when Locke played was 19-2, and he collected two First-Team All-Big Ten honors.

His senior season is where he really stood out, though. The 1922 Hawkeyes lost three key starters (all guys who made this list) from the 1921 NCAA season, yet ran the table going 7-0 riding Locke’s shoulders the entire way. That team absolutely obliterated opponents, scoring 208 points to the opponents’ 29.

He is a member of the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.
While Locke may not even play in today’s college football, given that he was a 165-pound fullback, he was undoubtedly one of the greatest players of his generation and was truly dominant for three great Iowa football teams. For that reason, Locke is a no brainer at No. 7 on this list.