|Iowa football suffered in the 1930s – until Dr. Eddie Anderson was hired in 1939. That season the Hawkeyes could scarcely field 11 men on the gridiron – let alone battle teams which often featured defensive and offensive units. Innovative and bold, Coach Anderson instilled a fighting spirit in his team which captured the nation’s heart. The outgunned and outmanned Hawkeyes of 1939 shocked the nation with dramatic wins over several powerhouses – including No. 1 Notre Dame 7-6. Nile Kinnick, 1939’s Heisman Trophy winner, and his teammates, out of necessity, played both offense and defense, becoming known as the legendary “Iron Men”.
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