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Chuck Long In West Bend Tuesday, Nov. 7 to Sign New Book

By Staff | Oct 31, 2017

Iowa Hawkeyes football great Chuck Long will sign copies of his new biography Destined for Greatness Tuesday, Nov. 7, 5-7:30 p.m. at the West Bend-Mallard High School in West Bend (300 3rd Ave.).

The event will be held during the 61st annual Hawkeye FFA chili and oyster stew supper. Copies of the book will be available for $18 with a portion of the sales benefiting the Hawkeye FFA. Attendees will be invited to meet and greet Chuck, have photos taken and register to win an autographed copy of his 1987 Topps rookie football card.

Destined for Greatness chronicles the story of a quarterback who took snaps for a run-dominated high school football program and received scant attention among Division I college programs prior to arriving in Iowa City in 1981. Five years later, that same quarterback – Chuck Long – held every Iowa Hawkeyes passing record, became the first Big Ten QB to throw for more than 10,000 yards, was a consensus first-team All-American, finished runner-up in Heisman Trophy voting to a kid named Bo and was a first-round NFL draft pick.

“Everyone loved Chuck Long,” says Hayden Fry, who proclaimed the QB “destined for greatness” prior to the recruit even taking a snap as an Iowa Hawkeye starter. “He proved that during his playing and coaching careers and as a student at the University of Iowa. Chuck did all the right things, and he’s still doing that today as an announcer for the Big Ten Network and in his work with the Iowa Sports Foundation.

“I just can’t put into words how much I love Chuck Long and what he did not only for Iowa but for every team he’s been associated with,” Hayden adds. “He’s a real winner.”

Destined for Greatness was authored by West Bend native and former Hawkeye FFA member Aaron Putze. It includes personal accounts from Iowa Coaches Fry and Kirk Ferentz, Long’s teammates Hap Peterson, Jonathan Hayes and Mark Vlasic and popular KCRG-TV sports director John Campbell. Former Daes Moines Register columnist Marc Hansen penned the forward.

The book will be available on Amazon.com and Kindle Direct Publishing beginning Nov. 6 and in select bookstores and retailers starting Nov. 13. Hard copies will also be available by mid-November while an audio version is slated for release in December.

The Hawkeye FFA chili and oyster stew supper will be held in the West Bend High School lunchroom. The cost of the supper is just $7 for adults and $5 for youth kindergarten-7th grade.