AMES, Ia. — Mark Weisman’s father is fine with his son’s decision to play in today’s Iowa-Iowa State football game, even though it conflicts with Yom Kippur.
“We all know the story of Sandy Koufax not pitching during the World Series in (1965),” Larry Weisman said. “But I told (Mark), ‘You know what? You’re your own person. And what you have to do is decide and do some soul searching. Don’t try to please everyone else.’ And he wants to play.”
Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jewish people, starts this evening and ends Saturday evening. The 25-hour period is observed with fasting, prayer and repentance. Saturday’s game kicks off at 5 p.m.
Mark Weisman, Iowa’s leading rusher with 280 yards this season, told the Register at the Hawkeyes’ media day Aug. 8 that he would play.
“I have a commitment to this football team and this program,” Mark Weisman said. “So I’m playing.”
The Weismans discussed the situation as a family.
“He wouldn’t let his teammates down, his coaches down, himself down, the whole nine yards,” Larry said. “It was a tough decision, but I think he made the right decision for him.”
Larry said there was another factor behind his son’s decision to play today.
“He said, ‘Dad, we’re playing Iowa State. Are you crazy?’” Larry said. “It means a lot to him. He’s a Hawkeye, through and through.”
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