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IOWA CITY, Iowa – – Former University of Iowa standout Paul Krause, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will serve as honorary captain when the Hawkeyes host Wisconsin on Saturday in Kinnick Stadium (2:33 p.m., ABC).
Krause lettered for the Hawkeye football team from 1961-63. The native of Flint, Michigan, played both offense and defense and was a two-year baseball letterman. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998 and is a member of the UI’s National Varsity Club Hall of Fame.
Krause was drafted by Washington in the second round of the 1964 NFL Draft after collecting 12 interceptions in his last two seasons with the Hawkeyes. He was a team captain as a senior and earned second-team All-Big Ten honors.
Krause collected 12 interceptions in his rookie season with the Redskins, earning All-NFL and All-Pro recognition. Following four successful seasons in Washington, Krause was traded to the Minnesota Vikings, where he continued his career for another 12 seasons.
In his 16-year professional career, which ended following the 1979 season, Krause recorded 81 interceptions, an NFL record that still stands. He participated in four Super Bowl games with the Vikings, setting a then-Super Bowl record with 14 tackles against the Miami Dolphins. Krause earned All-NFL honors four times and participated in eight Pro Bowls. In 16 seasons, he missed just two games because of injury.
Krause will accompany the Iowa captains to the center of the field for Saturday’s pregame coin toss. He will also be with the Hawkeyes in the locker room before and after the game, and on the sidelines during the contest.