The Iowa House and Senate today passed resolutions honoring the 2009 Iowa Hawkeye football team. Coach Kirk Ferentz was on hand to thank legislators.
“I doubt many things pass through this quickly on a routine basis so I’m starting to think you probably just want me to get out of here as fast as you can,” Ferentz said. “…First of all, I just very much appreciate you having us down here today.”
The director of team operations accompanied Ferentz to the statehouse. “We’re just really honored to represent the football team, our staff, our support staff and the entire university,” Ferentz told legislators. Ferentz spoke for a few minutes in the Senate and then he spoke again in the House.
“One of the descriptions in the resolution was, ‘It was an exciting year.’ I think that’s a fair term now when we look retrospectively. You know, I don’t know. In the heat of the moment, exciting is sometimes a little bit differently described I guess,” Ferentz said, with a laugh. “But it was an exciting year for us. Our team gave us a lot of great, great moments and I can’t say enough, again, about just our older players, the job they did providing great leadership, helping us have a great culture with our football team not only on the field — the things that you got to see them do — but the things they were doing academically, the things they were doing in terms of citizenship.”
Ferentz closed by joking that he’d start worrying about next season “in a few days.” Here is all of what Ferentz had to say in the House.
Listen to the Iowa coach here: Kirk Ferentz speaks to the Iowa House. 3:15 MP3