After some quiet performances in Week 3, several former Iowa players broke out with big time showings in Week 4.
Noah Fant had two receptions for 31 yards (on four targets), but also notched his first touchdown reception of his NFL career:
T.J. Hockenson had three catches for 27 yards for Detroit in their near-upset of Kansas City. He also recorded his second touchdown catch of the season:
Unfortunately, Hockenson had to leave the game due to injury later, after taking a scary fall while trying to hurdle a defender. Hockenson was diagnosed with a concussion, but will have an extra week to recover as the Lions are on BYE in Week 5.
Speaking of players on BYE, the 49ers were on BYE in Week 4, which gave George Kittle and C.J. Beathard some free time. Beathard and Kittle returned to Iowa City for Iowa's game with Middle Tennessee State:
Kittle was also busy later in the evening:
George Kittle just ordered all the white claws in our cooler from me at Spoco fucking unit— Craven Moorehed (@tai_savolainen_) September 29, 2019
Baltimore lost to Cleveland, but not through any fault of Marshal Yanda, who also gave a fiery pre-game speech:
IT BURNS IN ME— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 29, 2019
Marshal Yanda delivered an emotional pre-game speech to the team. pic.twitter.com/83eqYXTKJS
Former Hawks collided in the Minnesota-Chicago game, though James Daniels and the Bears came away with the victory. Riley Reiff started for the Vikings but struggled mightily to contain Khalil Mack. (No shame there.)
Austin Blythe returned to the starting lineup for the Los Angeles Rams, though they fell to the Bucs 55-40. Casey Kreiter (Denver) and James Ferentz (New England) also saw action for their teams.
Brandon Scherff missed Washington's loss to the Giants with an ankle injury. Andrew Donnal was inactive for the Dolphins.
The NFL isn't the only league where former Hawkeyes are showing out, as Tevaun Smith reminded us:
That Edmonton-Ottawa game featured a mini-Iowa reunion, in fact, with Edmonton's Tevaun Smith and Ottawa's Nolan MacMillan:
Buffalo fell to New England (again), but Micah Hyde did his best to prevent that from happening. He had three tackles and a pass breakup -- and also picked up this very key interception of Tom Brady in the end zone:
As we know, Iowa > Michigan.
Hyde got props from a Bills legend too:
Desmond King had a big game for the Chargers in their win over Miami, recording four tackles, three QB hits, 2.5 sacks, and a forced fumble.
Desmond King has 2 1/2 sacks, a TFL and a forced fumble today when the depleted Chargers secondary really needed a big game. This is your weekly Desmond-King-was-a-5th-round-pick-LOL tweet.— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) September 29, 2019
He also had one kickoff return for 12 yards and a 1-yard punt return.
Adrian Clayborn had two tackles for Atlanta in their loss to Tennessee. Amani Hooker saw his most action of the season for the Titans in that game and recorded four tackles.
Anthony Hitchens had six tackles and a pass deflection in Kansas City's win over Detroit, although Lions fans were salty about an uncalled pass interference penalty against Hitchens. Ben Niemann also played for the Chiefs, but did not record any stats. Mike Daniels did not play for Detroit in that game as he recovers from a foot injury.
Anthony Nelson had one tackle in Tampa Bay's stunning 55-40 win over the Rams. Jaleel Johnson had a tackle for loss in Minnesota's loss to Chicago. Josh Jackson played, but recorded no stats, in Green Bay's loss to Philadelphia. Josey Jewell also played, but recorded no stats, in Denver's loss to Jacksonville.
Finally, there are several former Hawkeyes working their way up the professional coaching ladder as well, as this photo reminds us:
Not only do we produce a ton of NFL players, we have many #LegacyHawks coaching in the NFL! Wish these #LegacyHawks all the best as @AZCardinals face the @Seahawks | #LegacyHawks #NFLHawks pic.twitter.com/qSxQUZDxUj— Hawkeye Legacy (@LegacyHawks) September 29, 2019
Featured there are Charlie Bullen, Don Shumpert, David Raih, and Tommy Donatell.