Rodgers Named Honorary Captain

Sept. 15, 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Former University of Iowa all-Big Ten quarterback Matt Rodgers has been named honorary captain for Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh. The Hawkeyes face the Panthers in a nationally televised game on ESPN2 with kickoff set for 11:01 a.m., in Kinnick Stadium. The game is sold out, which means Iowa has sold out 51 of its last 53 home games.

Rodgers was a four-year letterman (1988-91) and directed the 1990 Hawkeyes to a berth in the Rose Bowl. He was Iowa’s starting quarterback for three years and was a first-team all-Big Ten selection in 1990 and 1991. In 1991 he served as a co-captain and was co-MVP of a team that made it to the Holiday Bowl.

Rodgers ranks fifth on Iowa’s all-time passing list connecting on 550 of 905 aerials for 6,725 yards and 41 touchdowns. He ranks fourth on Iowa’s total offense charts with 6,855 yards.

He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills and played for the NFL team two years. He was a member of the 1993 Bills Super Bowl squad. His father, Jim, was a three-year basketball letterman (1962-64) with the Hawkeyes and later went on to become head coach of the Boston Celtics.

Rodgers will accompany the Iowa captains to the center of the field for the pre-game coin flip. He will also be with the Hawkeyes in the locker room before and after the game and on the sidelines during the contest.