Iowa Hawkeye football has had a few Rudy-like stories over the years.

Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger is a former football player for the University of Notre Dame who never gave up on his dream to play football for the Fighting Irish. His story inspired the popular movie, Rudy.

Last year, Shonn Greene played the Rudy role. His hard-luck story from part-time community college student and furniture mover to Doak Walker award winner and NFL draft pick captivated the entire state of Iowa.

This year, Greene captivated the nation by helping the New York Jets shine in the playoffs.

Attention like that is an added bonus for Iowa, and acts as some of the best recruiting promotion a coach could ask for.

Before Greene's rags-to-riches story, Dallas Clark played the Rudy role.

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