Iowa football: 30 greatest players in Hawkeyes history

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Larry Station was a tackling machine with the Iowa football program. It’s pretty impressive that two of the best Hawkeyes of all time (Chuck Long is the other) played during the same time period together.

In his four years with the Iowa football team, Station was a four-year starter and led the team in tackles every single season. Not surprisingly, he holds Iowa’s all-time record for tackles in a career and solo tackles in a career.

With the Hawkeyes, he was a two-time All-American and a three-time First-Team All-Big Ten linebacker. In conjunction with Long, led the Hawks to one of their best seasons ever in 1985.

That season, the Hawks went 10-2, losing to the No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes and the No. 13 UCLA Bruins in the Rose Bowl, but were ranked No. 1 overall for five straight weeks. He was a finalist for the Butkus Award (which went to Brian Bosworth that season) and the Lombardi Award (which went to Tony Casillas).

Unfortunately, Station was injured during the 1986 Rose Bowl and his NFL career lasted just one season because of it, but his greatness with the Hawkeyes will live on forever.

He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame.