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Iowans proving 'We Are Iowa Nice'

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"We are Iowans first" was one of the captions of a photo that is still gaining national attention.

The photo, taken by Katherine Hallenbeck, shows two Iowa State fans carrying an Iowa fan in a wheelchair up the steps of the Jack Trice Stadium before the Cy-Hawk game.

The annual game is the great divide of Iowa football fans, pinning Cyclone fans against Hawkeye fans.  But, this year, a few men put aside their team spirit to help a fellow Iowan.  The moment was captured in a photo that has been shared thousands of times, and embodies the spirit of 'Iowa Nice.'

"This is Iowa. This is what we uphold in the Midwest; to help each other out," said Tim Hulick, one of the men who carried the Iowa fan, and the man behind the moment.

"They were going in circles, so I went up to them and I said, 'I think you guys are going to need some help.' He said, 'We sure are!'" recalls Hulick.

Hulick quickly recruited the first strapping young man he could find, an Iowa State student, Zach Nickles.

"I said, 'You grab this side and I'll grab this side,'" said Hulick.

And together they carried 88-year-old Max Cameron up the Jack Trice Stadium steps.

Hulick says Cameron was there to watch his grandson, T.J. Hockenson - number 38, play for the Hawkeyes.

"This is what Iowa is about; you've got a rival game, but you put the rivalry aside and you help each other out," said Hulick.

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