Iowa football: 30 greatest players in Hawkeyes history

Ricky Stanzi, Iowa Hawkeyes. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)
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Tim Dwight, Atlanta Falcons
Tim Dwight, Atlanta Falcons. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport /

Tim Dwight is one of my favorite Hawkeyes of all-time. The guy was electric with the ball in his hands as a wide receiver, running back and return man.

During his Iowa football career, he totaled 127 catches for 2,075 yards and 21 touchdowns, while adding 322 yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground. In the kick return game, he had another 1,141 yards, and in the punt game, he had 1,051 additional yards with 5 punt returns for touchdowns.

He led the nation twice in punt return for touchdowns and finished top 10 in all four years in yards per return. His career average of 15.7 is still 1st in the Big Ten and 6th overall in the nation. There’s a reason for the Big Ten’s Return Man of the Year award being named after him.

At Iowa, he was twice named First-Team All-American and even finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy race at the conclusion of the 1997 NCAA season, which is impressive given that the award historically has gone to quarterbacks or elite running backs.

As of today, he is second all-time in receiving touchdowns and third in receiving yards for the Hawks.

After his Iowa career, he went on to play a decade in the NFL.