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Encyclopedia > Randy Duncan

Randy Duncan (born Hearst Randolph Duncan, Jr. on March 15, 1937 in Osage, Iowa) was a college football player at the University of Iowa. He played quarterback in two Rose Bowls and has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. March 15 is the 74th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (75th in Leap years). ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Osage is a city in Mitchell County, Iowa, United States. ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... Iowa Hawkeyes football is the University of Iowas football program. ... The Rose Bowl can refer to: The Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California. ... The College Football Hall of Fame, located in South Bend, Indiana, United States, is a hall of fame devoted to college football. ...

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Background

Randy Duncan was born to Hearst and Louise Duncan in 1937. Randy moved from Osage to Mason City before finally attending Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa. Duncan was a highly regarded prospect in both football and basketball. He was a first team all-state guard on the Roosevelt basketball team that lost in the 1954 state championship game. Duncan was a first team all-state quarterback for Roosevelt, leading his high school to an undefeated season and a state title in 1954. His high school football teams only lost two games during Duncan's three years there. Flag Nickname: Hartford of the West, DSM Location Location in the State of Iowa Coordinates , Government Country State County United States Iowa Polk County Incorporated September 22, 1851 Mayor Frank Cownie Geographical characteristics Area     City 200. ...


Duncan graduated from high school after the 1954 fall semester, and he was heavily recruited after choosing to play football. He nearly went to Colorado but instead decided to attend the University of Iowa. Duncan has said that the only reason he went to Iowa was because of his friendship with Iowa assistant coach Bump Elliott. [1] The CU Boulder campus. ... The University of Iowa is a major national research university located on a 1,900-acre campus in Iowa City, Iowa, USA, on the Iowa River in East Central Iowa. ... Chalmers W. Bump Elliott was the head coach of the University of Michigan football team from 1959 to 1968. ...


College Career

Randy Duncan's college career got off to a slow start. As a mid-year graduate and due to freshman ineligibility, Duncan had to wait one and a half years to play, joining Iowa in the spring of 1955 but seeing his first action as a sophomore in the fall of 1956. Duncan became very discouraged over being constantly berated by Iowa coach Forest Evashevski and being clobbered in practice by Cal Jones. "Time after time, I was going to quit and transfer to Iowa State," Duncan has said. [2] Fountain of Four Seasons by Christian Petersen with the Campanile in the background Iowa State University (ISU) is a public land-grant and space-grant university located in Ames, Iowa. ...


But Duncan managed to win the backup quarterback job in 1956, playing behind Ken Ploen. In a non-conference game against Oregon State, Duncan led Iowa to two fourth quarter touchdowns and a 14-13 win after Ploen was injured. Iowa qualified for the Rose Bowl that season, and the opponent was again Oregon State. Duncan played the second quarter following a Ploen injury and led Iowa to a touchdown in Iowa's 35-19 win in the 1957 Rose Bowl. Ken Ploen was a quarterback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 1957-1967, during which time he lead the Blue Bombers to six Grey Cup appearances, including four victories. ... The Rose Bowl can refer to: The Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California. ... The Rose Bowl can refer to: The Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California. ...


Duncan was named the starter and led the team in passing in 1957. He battled snow and sleet to throw a touchdown pass for the only score in Iowa's win over Northwestern, and he missed the end of Iowa's tie with Michigan due to leg cramps. Duncan scored four touchdowns, two passing and two rushing, against Minnesota, and two touchdowns against Notre Dame, one passing and one on an interception return as a defensive back. Iowa went 7-1-1 on the season, and Duncan was named first team All-Big Ten. Big Ten Conference The Big Ten Conference is the United States oldest college athletic conference. ...


As a senior in 1958, Duncan led Iowa to one of its best seasons ever. After a surprising early season tie against Air Force, Iowa won five straight Big Ten games, clinching the Big Ten title as early as it had ever been clinched before. [3] Duncan was terrific, helping Iowa lead the Big Ten in passing and the nation in total offense. He led the nation in completion percentage and passing yardage. His greatest game may have been in Iowa's lone loss in 1958, when he set a Big Ten record with 23 completions in 33 tries for 249 yards in a 38-28 loss to Ohio State. Duncan led Iowa to another Big Ten title and a 38-12 victory in the 1959 Rose Bowl. His lone touchdown pass in the Rose Bowl broke the record for touchdown passes in a season, which had been held by Nile Kinnick in 1939. Big Ten Conference The Big Ten Conference is the United States oldest college athletic conference. ... Big Ten Conference The Big Ten Conference is the United States oldest college athletic conference. ... The Rose Bowl can refer to: The Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California. ... Nile Clarke Kinnick, Jr (born July 9, 1918 in Adel, Iowa; died on June 2, 1943) was one of college football’s top players and was one of the greatest athletes to have come out of the state of Iowa, where he played football at the University of Iowa. ...


Duncan was named first team All-Big Ten. He was also named the 1958 Big Ten MVP, and he was selected as a consensus first team All-American. He won the Walter Camp player of the year award and finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Duncan is one of seven Iowa players to letter from 1956 through 1958. In that span, Iowa's record was 24-3-2 with two Big Ten titles, three top ten rankings in the final Associated Press poll, and two victories in the Rose Bowl. Big Ten Conference The Big Ten Conference is the United States oldest college athletic conference. ... The College Football All-America Team is an honor given annually to the best American college football players at their respective position. ... The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award (also known simply as the Heisman Trophy or The Heisman), named after former college football player and coach John W. Heisman, is considered the most prestigious award in American college football. ...


Upon being voted Iowa's MVP, Duncan said, "There's nobody that knows any better than I do that this was all made possible by you guys here and the coaching staff behind me. I mean it. Just to be a part of this ball club was all that I really ever wanted." [4]


Retirement

Randy Duncan was drafted by the Green Bay Packers with the first pick of the first round of the 1959 NFL draft. He never played for the Packers, however. Duncan instead went to the CFL and signed with the British Columbia Lions. He later explained, "That was Green Bay before Vince Lombardi, and Canada offered a lot more dough." [5] City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921-present) Western Division (1933-1949) National Conference (1950... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional league located entirely in Canada that plays Canadian football. ... The British Columbia Lions are a Canadian Football League team based in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... Vincent Thomas Lombardi (June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970) was one of the most successful coaches in the history of football. ...


Duncan played for two years in Vancouver before signing with the NFL's Dallas Texans (now the Kansas City Chiefs). He practiced with the Texans during the day and attended SMU law school at night. Duncan did not see much playing time for the Texans, and when Texans coach Hank Stram traded for Len Dawson, Duncan retired from football. The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... The Kansas City Chiefs are a National Football League team based in Kansas City, Missouri. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, Yellow, and White Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner Lamar Hunt General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf Local radio Flagship stations: 101. ... Southern Methodist University (also known as SMU) is a private, coeducational university in University Park, Texas, (an enclave of Dallas). ... Hank Stram being carried off of the field following his victory in Super Bowl IV with the Kansas City Chiefs Hank Stram (January 3, 1923 – July 4, 2005), was a former American Football coach. ... Len Dawson (born June 20, 1935) was an American football quarterback from Purdue University who played for three professional teams, most notably the Kansas City Chiefs. ...


Duncan finished his law school at Drake University, and for years, he has operated a successful law practice in Des Moines. Wifvat Plaza sculpture in front of Opperman Hall and Law Library Drake University is a private, co-educational university located in the city of Des Moines, Iowa. ... This article is about the state capital of Iowa. ...


Honors

Duncan was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997. In 1999, Sports Illustrated selected Randy Duncan as the 28th greatest sports figure in the history of the state of Iowa. The College Football Hall of Fame, located in South Bend, Indiana, United States, is a hall of fame devoted to college football. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Matthews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ...


References

  1. ^ Tales From The Iowa Sidelines, by Ron Maly, Page 127 (ISBN 1-58261-574-8)
  2. ^ Hawkeye Legends, Lists, & Lore, by Mike Finn & Chad Leistikow, Page 109 (ISBN 1-57167-178-1)
  3. ^ Evy and the Hawkeyes, by Brian Chapman and Mike Chapman, Page 194 (ISBN 0-88011-186-0)
  4. ^ University of Iowa Football, by Chuck Bright, Page 197 (ISBN 0-87397-233-3)
  5. ^ Iowa's First Overall #1 NFL Draft Selection

External links

  • Duncan's College Football Hall of Fame Bio
  • Duncan's Register Hall of Fame Bio

 
 

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