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Chuck Long pegged to head Iowa Sports Foundation

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The Iowa Sports Foundation announced Thursday that former Hawkeye quarterback Chuck Long has been named Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the organization.

The Board of Directors for ISF say Long, an executive with 30 years of experience in the sports field, will head the organization's efforts to provide quality sports, wellness, nutrition and fitness programs for Iowans of every age and ability.

"Chuck's experience on and off the field in a leadership role makes him the ideal candidate to take over the playbook for the Iowa Sports Foundation," Doug Reichardt, Chairman of the ISF board, said in a written statement. "Chuck's passion for sports and advocacy for lifelong fitness will inspire adults and youth of all ages to live a healthy active lifestyle. With his leadership we will be one step closer to achieving Iowa's goal of becoming number one in well-being."

Long, who played for the Hawkeyes from 1981-1985, was a consensus All-American quarterback, Big Ten player of the year, recipient of the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award, was a Heisman Trophy runner-up and first-round NFL draft pick in 1986.

Long went on to play eight seasons with the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams before joining the University of Iowa coaching staff under Hayden Fry in 1995.

Following his stint at Iowa, Long spent sixteen years coaching at colleges like the University of Oklahoma, San Diego State University and the University of Kansas.

Long was inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in 1999 and is an inaugural member of the Kinnick Stadium Wall of Honor. He will continue to provide sports analysis for the Big Ten Network.

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