The Passing Of The Legendary Hayden Fry
Legendary former Iowa Hawkeye football coach Hayden Fry passed away on Tuesday. Fry passed while surrounded by his family. His family said of Fry in a statement “”His legend will live forever with the people he touched and inspired, and the programs he led to greater heights.” Fry served as head football coach at Iowa from 1979 to 1998. He retired in 1998 while he was battling cancer. While at Iowa Fry turned the program around snapping a streak of 17 non-winning seasons. He won 143 games at Iowa and was inducted into the college football hall of fame in 2003. He was always known as a larger than life character and those who knew him well say that what you saw was what you got. He was the inspiration for the TV series “Coach” and his offensive philosophy changed the landscape of Big Ten football. Fry was originally from Texas and moved back to his home state to be closer to family there. Fry’s revolutionary coaching style transformed Iowa took Iowa from 17 years of futility to the Rose Bowl over his tenure. The date and time for his memorial service have not been announced as of yet. While he won over 140 games and had incredible accomplishments on the field, it is his legacy that will live on further than the accomplishments. A person like Hayden Fry lives on through the lives of the countless young men who played for him, the men who coached with him and the people around the state of Iowa. Hayden Fry passed at the age of 90.