June 24, 2008
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — When Casey Wiegmann earned a letter in football at the University of Iowa in 1993, it began a string of nine consecutive seasons that a former Aplington-Parkersburg High School player lettered for the Hawkeyes.
Wiegmann, now with the Denver Broncos, played from 1993-95. Jared DeVries, now with the Detroit Lions, lettered from 1995-98. Aaron Kampman, now with the Green bay Packers, was a Hawkeye from 1998-2001. All three were Falcons. All three were Hawkeyes. All three are in the NFL. Now all three are helping rebuild their former high school and communities that were damaged in May by a tornado.
“My head is all tingly. I just can’t process all this,” says DeVries, whose parents still live in nearby Aplington, but were unaffected by the storm. “Maybe a tornado takes out a barn or two, maybe a couple farms. But not a town. Not half a town. It’s unbelievable … truly unbelievable. I wish I could bring all of my teammates here so they could see. There’s just so much that needs to be done.”
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