Big Ten Legends: Iowa Hawkeye, Hayden Fry, is still laughing at 86-years young

MESQUITE, Nev. — Earlier this spring, more than 16 years since the last football game he coached as the University of Iowa’s head coach, Hayden Fry walked through The Eastern Iowa Airport.

Fry had arrived in Cedar Rapids on an Allegiant Air direct flight from Las Vegas. Once someone recognized the College Football Hall of Famer, it set off a chain effect. Total strangers offered applause and warm words. Fry soaked up the love and respect as he made his way to securing his ground transportation to Iowa City, where he had a medical appointment.

He still poses for every photo asked of him, still spends more time (and postage) than he might prefer sending autographed items back to those who have found his home address. Fry left Iowa City not long after his 1998 retirement party because he couldn’t as much as go out to dinner without drawing a crowd of appreciative Hawkeye fans. But the main reason was warmer winter weather. – Read more at The


Below is a KCRG TV special about Fry’s career that aired shortly after Fry’s retirement in November 1998.

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