PASADENA, Calif. -- Steve Cox, of Clive, is a lifetime Hawkeye fan, and like most fathers, he passed his passion for the black and gold to his sons.
“We used to watch basketball and football games when we were kids. And we would string out Hawkeye gear all across the family room," said Spencer Cox, of West Des Moines.
So when Iowa made its first Rose Bowl in 25 years, Spencer Cox knew what he had to do.
“We decided back in 1991. I said ever since then, that if they made it back that I would make that sacrifice, no matter what it took," Spencer said.
So Spencer bought two tickets for Pasadena. One for him, the other for his father.
"It just didn't hit. Then all of a sudden, this is real. There are tickets. This is a real thing. I'm going out to Pasadena," Steve Cox said.
Video captured the moment when Spencer gave his father the tickets for Christmas.
"Are you kidding?" Steve asked.
"I’m not kidding," Spencer replied.
For Spencer, it's not just about living in the moment, but it's also about the memories that will come with the experience.
"It's great now, but I think it’ll be even better in years to come when we look back at the pictures and experience,” Spencer said.
Memories of the Rose Bowl, this one bound by a father, son and their Hawkeyes.