Former Iowa Hawkeye quarterback Chuck Long, who led the Hawkeyes to the Rose Bowl in 1985 under Coach Hayden Fry, will be coming to Bellevue early next month.
Long recently co-authored a new book with Aaron Putze entitled ‘Destined for Greatness – the Story of Chuck Long and Resurgence of Iowa Hawkeyes Football.’ A close friend of Greg Hammann of Bellevue (who was also a player for the Hawkeyes), Long has agreed to a book signing event at the Off Shore Event Centre on Monday, Oct. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Long will also speak about his experience as a college football player at Iowa and answer questions from the audience.
The event is being sponsored by the Bellevue Rotary Club. Cost is $25 per person and heavy hor d'ouvres will be provided. In addition to its many local initiatives, Bellevue Rotary has made a major commitment to the construction of the new Jackson County ISU extension building which will impact the services to many area youths. Proceeds from the book signing will go towards that project.
According to his biography, Chuck Long has been synonymous with University of Iowa football for more than 30 years. As a former player and coach, his combination of charm, charisma and winning attitude has motivated many young athletes and influenced multitudes of fans throughout the Midwest and beyond.
Born in Norman, Oklahoma and raised in Wheaton, Illinois, Chuck attended Wheaton North High School and played football, basketball and baseball. He led his team to the 1979 state football title as the starting quarterback and was named to the all-state championship squad. He also gathered all-state honors in 1980.
Chuck started at quarterback for Coach Hayden Fry and the Iowa Hawkeyes from 1981-85. For his career, he threw for 10,461 yards, the first Big Ten player and second player in college football history to throw for more than 10,000 yards, He played in five bowl games and holds nearly every Hawkeye passing record. During his final season in ‘85, he led the Hawks to the Rose Bowl and finished second to Bo Jackson in the Heisman race.
He was named Big Ten Player of the Year, received the Davey O'Brien Award (nation’s best quarterback) and Maxwell Award (college player of the year) and was named a first team Consensus All-American.
Selected by the Detroit Lions as the 12th overall pick in the 1986 NFL draft, Chuck played eight years of professional ball – seven with the Lions and one with the Los Angeles Rams.
He began his coaching career in 1995 at his alma mater, first as the defensive backs coach and then quarterbacks and special teams. Chuck’s sixteen-year coaching career included positions with the country’s other top college football programs including the University of Oklahoma 2000 national champions, San Diego State University, and the University of Kansas. One of Chuck’s proudest accomplishments was as offensive coordinator for Oklahoma in 2003, the year Sooner QB Jason White won the Heisman Trophy.
Long was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999 and is an inaugural member of the Kinnick Stadium Wall of Honor. He transitioned out of coaching in 2013 and is currently the CEO/Executive Director of the Iowa Sports Foundation and an analyst for the Big Ten Network.