The Iowa Hawkeyes have perhaps the best tradition in all of college football. For the past few years, at the end of the first quarter at home games, both players and fans in the stands turn their attention to the children at the Stead Family Children’s Hospital overlooking Kinnick Stadium. They wave to them – to acknowledge that they’re with them in their fight.
Thursday night (and likely moving forward for the rest of the draft), some of the children in the hospital gave some love back to the players. The first was T.J. Hockenson.
Hockenson, a star tight end, was taken No. 8 overall by the Detroit Lions. Following the selection, ESPN aired a segment from the children in the hospital.
It’s about as heartwarming as it gets:
— University of Iowa (@uiowa) April 26, 2019
Hockenson, as a sophomore this past season, caught 49 passes for 760 yards and six touchdowns.
It’s likely that we see the Kinnick Wave on display a few more times as more Iowa players get selected in this year’s draft. That’s not a bad thing.