Iowa football: 30 greatest players in Hawkeyes history

Ricky Stanzi, Iowa Hawkeyes. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)
Ricky Stanzi, Iowa Hawkeyes. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images) /
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Brandon Scherff, Iowa Hawkeyes
Brandon Scherff, Iowa Hawkeyes. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images) /

Brandon Scherff is one of the most decorated offensive linemen to play for the Iowa football team. In his five-year career (he redshirted his freshman season), Scherff made 36 career starts and was named First-Team All-Big Ten twice.

His senior season was one to remember though, as he was arguably the best offensive lineman in the nation and the awards bestowed upon him would agree. He won the Outland Trophy, given to the best college football interior lineman. He was also a unanimous All-American and he won the Rimington-Pace Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the year award.

After a stellar career with the Hawkeyes, the Denison, Iowa native went on to be drafted No. 5 overall by the Washington Redskins to play left guard. As the second-highest pick in the history of the Iowa football program (in the modern era of football), he has not disappointed one bit.

In four seasons, he has been named to the All-Rookie Team and made two Pro Bowls. Despite being missing half of last season due to injury, if he can show he’s fully recovered in his fifth season, he is likely in line to set the record for the highest paid guard in the history of the NFL.