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Hawkeye star makes tough choice on Yom Kippur game vs. ISU

[ 0 ] August 8, 2013 |

IOWA CITY, Ia. — Iowa running back Mark Weisman will play against Iowa State on Sept. 14 in Ames, even though the game conflicts with Yom Kippur.

“I have a commitment to this football team and this program,” Weisman said. “So I’m playing.”

Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jewish people, starts the evening of Sept. 13 and ends the evening of Sept. 14. The 25-hour period is observed with fasting, prayer and repentance.

Iowa and Iowa State are scheduled to kick off at 5 p.m. on that Saturday.

Weisman, the Hawkeyes’ leading rusher last season with 815 yards despite missing two games with injuries, said he discussed the situation with his parents, Ilene and Larry.

“They’re on the same page as me,” said Weisman, who is from Buffalo Grove, Ill.

Weisman didn’t take the situation lightly.

“It’s a tough situation to be in,” Weisman said. “But I’ve committed to this team. And I can’t let my teammates down.”


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