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Jared DeVries named newest member of ANF Hall of Fame

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A former Iowa Hawkeye football player and 12-year NFL veteran received a special honor today at Kinnick Stadium.

Jared Devries was the second person to be inducted into the America Needs Farmers Hall of Fame, an award given each year to a person who exemplifies the perseverance and character of an Iowan farmer.

"Farming is a passion for myself," DeVries said Friday morning. "I told my dad, I think my junior year at Iowa here, I said if I don't make it to the next level, I really want to come back here and farm because that was my second passion to football."

But DeVries was named an all-American defensive lineman while at Iowa and did make it to the next level. He spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions and now coaches high school football in Clear Lake.

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said his work ethic was especially influence by his high school football coach at Appleton-Parkersburg, Ed Thomas.

"Although we didn't talk everyday, I could reflect on what he would want me to do or expect me to do, in situations that were trying." DeVries said.

According to DeVries, his farming background and values also helped him become successful on the football field.

"My work ethic that my parents instilled and Coach Thomas reinforced, I just kept my nose to the grindstone," DeVries said. "What is that? That's the Iowa farmer, that's what Iowa people stand for. You keep working, you keep working, you keep working. I just took it off the farm and put it into a football setting."

The first inductee of the ANF Hall of Fame was Casey Wiegmann, one of Decries' closest friends and current business partner at Pigskin Farms.

Tomorrow, DeVries will join Aaron Kampman, Robert Gallery, and Brank Banks at Kinnick Stadium to sign autographs on the ANF plaza before the Hawkeyes take on the Northwestern Wildcats.

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