PASADENA, California – It’s been hard to miss the amount of support the Iowa football team has received from their fans in Southern California.
Even though the Rose Bowl doesn’t kick off until Friday, the players say they have been receiving plenty of encouragement and backing from their fans who have traveled to Pasadena.
At media day on Tuesday, the players discussed how much it means to them to have this type of fan base.
“These fans, they think of Iowa as their professional football team and we love that,” Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard said. “We have great support from all of our fans all around the country. There are Hawkeye fans everywhere.”
“We just care so much and our fans care so much about us,” Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri said. “This Rose Bowl, this game just means so much to us and that’s why we put up so much effort and commitment into everything. Everyone has been completely focused.”
Even the Stanford players have seen the overwhelming amount of Hawkeye supporters and are impressed by the contingent.
“Everybody knows about the Iowa tradition,” Stanford offensive guard Josh Garnett said. “ You grow up watching Iowa and always knowing about Big Ten football. For them to bring that many people (to the Rose Bowl), it’s just a testament to their football program, coaching, and their fan support. As a college football player and college fan, that’s what you want to see.”