My football year…

My football year is over as of 1/15/12. Ok, season not year. Iowa and Cal lost their bowl games, and The Packers have been knocked out of the playoffs. When reality disappoints there’s only one thing left to do: curl up into some nice warm fantasy.

This fantasy involves my two college teams: Iowa, where I grew up and where my parents went, and Cal, where I went. Between the two of them they had 77 players on NFL rosters at the start of the year: Iowa had 44, and Cal had 33. What follows is a Cal/ Iowa super team made up of those 76 players and a couple of players that are leaving school this year. Without further ado … your 2013 Super Bowl champions the Golden Hawkbears-


Quarterback- Aaron Rodgers, Cal (last year’s Super Bowl MVP, and likely this season’s MVP)

Fullback- Shonn Greene, Iowa (he’s not really a fullback, but he’s big and we’re converting him)

Tailback- Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch, Cal

Wide Receiver- DeSean Jackson, Cal

Wide Receiver- LaVelle Hawkins, Cal

Tight End- Dallas Clark, Iowa (future hall of famer)

Offensive Tackle- Brian Bulaga, Iowa

Offensive Guard- Robert Gallery, Iowa (#2 overall pick)

Center- Alex Mack, Cal

Offensive Guard- Marshall Yanda, Iowa

Offensive Tackle- Riley Reiff, Iowa (projected to be a top ten overall pick in the upcoming draft)

Offense Bench

Quarterback- Ricky Stanzi, Iowa

Tailback- Jahvid Best, Cal

Wide Receivers- Keenan Allen, Cal (still in school) and Marvin McNutt, Iowa (will be playing on Sundays next year)

Tight Ends- Tony Gonzalez, Cal and Tony Moaki, Iowa (there are 8, yes 8, Iowa/Cal TEs in the NFL: 5 Hawks, 3 Golden Bears)

Offensive Line- Eric Steinbach, Iowa and Casey Wiegmann, Iowa (Both are NFL starters, but not on this team)


Defensive End- Andre Carter, Cal

Defensive End- Adrian Clayborn, Iowa

Defensive Tackle- Tyson Alualau, Cal

Defensive Tackle- Jonathan Babineaux, Iowa

Linebacker- Chad Greenway, Iowa (#3 in the NFL in tackles 2011)

Linebacker- Pat Angerer, Iowa (#4 in the NFL in tackles 2011)

Linebacker- Desmond Bishop, Cal (#13 in the NFL in tackles 2011)

Corner Back- Nnamdi Asomugha, Cal

Corner Back- Amari Spievey, Iowa

Safety- Matt Giordano, Cal

Safety- Charles Godfrey, Iowa

Defense Bench

Line- Matt Roth, Iowa and Brandon Mebane, Cal

Linebackers- AJ Edds, Iowa and Lorenzo Alexander, Cal

Defensive Backs- Bradley Fletcher, Iowa, Thomas DeCoud, Cal, and Bob Sanders, Iowa (if healthy he starts)

Special Teams

Kicker- Nate Kaeding, Iowa (the most accurate kicker in NFL history)

Punter- Jason Baker, Iowa

Returns- DeSean Jackson, Iowa

Oh, and the Coaches…

Iowa guys- Kirk Ferentz, Bob Stoops, Mike Stoops, Bo Pelini, Bill Snyder, Bret Bielema, Chuck Long, Dan McCarney, Jim Leavitt, and Barry Alvarez

Cal guys- Steve Mariucci and Jeff Tedford

What’s not to like? This squad has an above average O-line, three legit running backs, a million tight ends, including two future hall of famers, the best quarterback in football, a deep threat receiver, a big strong receiver, and a receiver that can catch anything he can get a hand on. On D they have a good line, an excellent group of linebackers, and an absurd secondary. All that without counting the guys that aren’t listed. Boy oh boy, they have some depth.

It’s especially impressive that there are 44 Hawkeyes in the NFL. In the last 6 years they have had one top 25 recruiting class according to ESPN, and it was ranked #24. From cast-offs to the NFL, the Golden Hawkbears.


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