Former Hawkeye Long to speak at Rotary

CLINTON — Monday's Rotary Club of Clinton meeting is set to feature an appearance by a Hawkeye football great.

Chuck Long, who quarterbacked the black and gold from 1982 to 1985, is ready to attend Monday's meeting speaking on behalf of the Iowa Sports Foundation, as well as promoting his book "Destined for Greatness."

The foundation, which operates the Iowa Games, Live Healthy Iowa, Adaptive Sports Iowa, and the Iowa Senior Games, aims to provide sports, recreation, and health and wellness opportunities for Iowans of all abilities, according to the organization's website.

"What we're really trying to do is get Iowa moving," Long said Thursday. "Our goal is to promote healthy lifestyles and really get Iowans out and about."

Long is the CEO and Executive Director of the foundation, which is headquartered in Ames. Playing in Iowa City and becoming familiar with eastern Iowa during his playing days and beyond, Long is no stranger to Clinton, the quarterback says.

He returns annually for the Pam Pray Memorial 4-mile Run and Walk, an event which lines up perfectly with the ISF's values.

"The Pray Run is pretty special to me," Long said.

Long's book, "Destined for Greatness," focuses on his career in Iowa City and the rise of legendary coach Hayden Fry. Long's playing career under Fry culminated in a 10-2 record, with the Hawkeyes earning a Rose Bowl berth.

"That was really a period of resurgence for Iowa football," Long said. "The book kind of focuses on that resurgence, and really how Coach Fry brought the team back, and how he impacted my career as well."

Clinton Rotary meets at noon Mondays in the Tuscany Events Center at Rastrelli's Restaurant, 238 Main Ave.