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DES MOINES (KWWL) - Wednesday, Nov. 26, a former Iowa Hawkeye football star from eastern Iowa will hold a book release party in Des Moines.

Derek Pagel, who was a high school football star at Nashua-Plainfield, has co-authored a book entitled "Growing up Hawkeye."

The book chronicles his journey from a walk-on football player with the legendary Hayden Fry to the early days of the Kirk Ferentz era.

Pagel who grew up a big Iowa Hawkeye fan, went from being a walk-on to an all-Big Ten safety and NFL draft pick. He talks about being a part of the rebuilding project under Ferentz.

"From the day Kirk showed up, the players bought into the program," he said. "We finished with 1 win my first year, and we finished 8-0 back in 2002, my senior year."

Derek Pagel played three years in the NFL with the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys.
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