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Detroit Lions hire former Hawkeye player, assistant as head coach

[ 0 ] January 14, 2014

BY DAVE BIRKETT — USA TODAY Sports Jim Caldwell watched every pass Matthew Stafford threw this year to prepare for his interview with the Detroit Lions. Next year, he’ll have an even better vantage point. The Lions hired Caldwell to be their 26th head coach Tuesday, ending a search that spanned more than two weeks and […]

Former Hawkeyes football star Alex Karras given days to live

[ 0 ] October 9, 2012

Friends of Alex Karras say the former Hawkeye and Lions great suffered kidney failure in the last two weeks and has been given only a few days to live, the Detroit Free Press reports. Karras played for the Hawkeyes during the mid-1950s, notably finishing in the top three in Heisman voting as a defensive tackle […]

Detroit Lions turn to Riley Reiff for fresh start on offensive line

[ 0 ] August 3, 2012

BY JEFF SEIDEL — DETROIT FREE PRESS DETROIT — Jeff Backus stood behind the Detroit Lions’ huddle, wearing a brace on his right hand. He was not allowed to practice Sunday morning because of a thumb injury. Would it have kept him out of a regular-season game? Probably not. Backus is so durable and tough […]

Video: Riley Reiff talks about signing his NFL contract

[ 0 ] July 24, 2012

Detroit Lions offensive lineman Riley Reiff, a former Iowa Hawkeye, talks during a press conference about the signing of his contract. He was drafted in the first round. Read the Detroit Free Press article

Commentary: Picking Riley Reiff makes sense for the Lions

[ 0 ] April 27, 2012

By Mitch Albom Detroit Free Press They stayed put. They didn’t move. While it seemed like every team in the NFL was making draft-night trades, the Lions remained in the sandbox, watching the other kids jump on the swings and the monkey bars. This either makes them very slow, very smart or very satisfied. They […]

Reiff taken by Lions with 23rd pick

[ 5 ] April 26, 2012

Iowa offensive tackle is third straight Hawkeye to be picked in first round.

Ex-Hawkeye DeVries back on IR for Lions

[ 0 ] August 27, 2010

Aplington native and former Iowa defensive end Jared Devries will miss a second straight season for the Detroit Lions after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Amari Spievey signs with Detroit Lions

[ 0 ] July 1, 2010

The Detroit Lions agreed to a three-year contract today with cornerback Amari Spievey, their third-round draft pick from Iowa. Spievey is scheduled to sign Thursday in Allen Park. According to a league source, he will make $1.915 million, including a $700,000 signing bonus. Spievey, the 66th overall pick, would become the third of the Lions’ […]