According to a press release, PGA pro and Iowa native Zach Johnson will be the honorary Hawkeyes captain for Iowa’s Big Ten clash against Maryland this Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.
Johnson is a known Hawkeye supporter and the University of Iowa Athletics has been pretty vocal about its support of him, especially recently when he won the British Open title.
He’s from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and went to Drake University, graduating in 1998, so the fact that he’s an Iowa fan shouldn’t be all that surprising. There’s a reason Iowa is known as the Hawkeye State. Sure, there are Iowa State fans (especially in Ames), but the Hawkeyes are without a doubt the “big dogs” as far as their reach within the state is concerned.
Johnson has also given back to the area with the Zach Johnson Foundation, which helps children if need in Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas, so he’s more than just a guy being honored for being good at golf. Both for his talent and his generosity, he’s arguably one of the better representatives a state and fan-base can have.
As for his duties as honorary captain, Johnson will accompany the Hawkeyes player captains for the coin-toss before the game, and he’ll also be in the locker room before and after the game.
Iowa Head coach Kirk Ferentz would be smart to let him say a few words to his team, because it’s safe to say that the Johnson knows a thing or two about big wins.