How can we honor these people?
Some of them are even MORE memorable than those who had fantastic careers.
Let's face it. How many times do you STILL hear the name "Marv Seiler" when talking about Iowa State football? His performance in 1992 still stings Nebraska football fans right down to their Husker-lovin' souls. And that name—Marv Seiler—is like a special kryptonite for Cyclone fans to use every time a Nebraska fan gets a little too loud.
And what about Lafester Rhodes? How many times do you STILL hear his name thrown around when Iowa State and Iowa fans are talking (arguing) about hoops? Once a week every winter? Or more?
Do something BIG in a "big game" and the sports fans in Iowa will love you forever, it seems. That's why we created this "At-Large" category for the Cyclone Nation.com Hall of Fame. And the first inductee into this category is…
Marv Seiler…the quarterback who led ISU to the upset victory over Nebraska in 1992.
This was a close race that came down to Seiler and Rhodes. In the end, Seiler edged Rhodes by a few points to earn the induction into the Hall of Fame. The nominations for the Cyclone Nation.com Hall of Fame were submitted by Cyclone Nation.com readers.
Here are my thoughts and some of the comments made by voters regarding Marv Seiler's performance on November 14, 1992:
Seventh-ranked Nebraska came to Ames on the heels of dominating victories over # 8 Colorado and # 13 Kansas. The Cyclones were 1-4 in the conference at the time and came into the game as 29-point underdogs.
But, the Cyclones had the ultimate "secret weapon" in Marv Seiler. The ISU quarterback ran for 144 yards on 24 carries, including one 78-yard gallop.
And the crowd of 42,008 witnessed one of the greatest victories in Cyclone history that day. In fact, it was one of the biggest upsets in college football in the 1990s.
Seiler ran the option all day long, confounding the Nebraska defense, as ISU had 70 rushing attempts for 373 yards. "Marvelous Marv" only threw four passes, completing three of them for 26 yards.
Something tells me that when I'm 80 years old, there will be a handful of names in Iowa State athletic history that I will have no trouble remembering. Marv Seiler's will be one of them.
Side note: I had the pleasure of meeting Marv Seiler a couple of years ago in Van Meter and was able to visit with him for a little while. He seemed like a really nice guy who was almost embarrassed to talk about that incredible victory he engineered against Nebraska.
Seiler told me that, to this day, when he meets new people—whether it's with his work or socially—and he introduces himself, it's not uncommon to get a double-take, followed by the question, "You're not THE Marv Seiler, are you?" I'm guessing that it's a special joy for him to tell Nebraska fans that he is.
Comments from other voters:
"To this day, it's fascinating to watch the slow-motion replays of Marv's burst down the sideline. Oh…wait…that ISN'T slow motion…it's regular speed."
"Jim Walden was generally a lightweight as a football coach, but made a heavyweight decision to use Seiler in that 1992 game and came away with one of the biggest victories in Iowa State history."
"No college football fan in Iowa or Nebraska will ever forget what Marv Seiler did in that November game in 1992."
Breakdown of the voting…
Each member of the panel voted for three at-large candidates (1st gets 3 points, 2nd gets 2 points, 3rd gets 1 point). The panel includes some very knowledgeable sports personalities…
Steve Deace … Popular radio personality on KXNO and Publisher of Cyclone Nation.com and "CN" magazine.
Bob Helmers … Producer/Director for ESPN and ESPN+Plus.
B.J. Schaben … Sports Director, Iowa Radio Network.
John Walters … Sports Director at WOI-TV and play-by-play voice of the Cyclones.
Marc Hansen … Columnist for the Des Moines Register and one of Iowa's all-time best sports writers.
Ron Maly … Voted Iowa's sportswriter of the year four times.
Larry Cotlar … Weekday morning host on KXNO 1460-AM.
Marty Gallagher … Me.
Marv Seiler, who led ISU to a football victory over Nebraska in 1992 (21)
Lafester Rhodes for his 54 points against Iowa in 1987 (18)
Seneca Wallace's run against Texas Tech on national TV (8)
Richard Jacobson (3)
ISU's offensive line in 1995 and 1996 that opened holes for Troy Davis to become the first two-time 2,000-yard rusher in NCAA Division 1 history (3)
Dave Osenbaugh, for pinning Lou Banach of Iowa when ISU beat the Hawks in 1981 (2)
Marcus Fizer's dunk over Chris Mihm of Texas (2)
Former ISU Athletic Director Gene Smith, who hired McCarney, Fennelly and Eustachy (2)
The Bergstroms for donating toward the Indoor Practice Facility (1)
Look for the Cyclone Nation.com Hall of Fame inductees in the Athletes category next week. Feel free to e-mail your comments and feedback to me at Marty@IowaSportsOpinions.com.
(Marty Gallagher founded the popular web site IowaSportsOpinions.com and now publishes IowaPrepsToday.com. E-mail him at Marty@IowaSportsOpinions.com.)