IOWA CITY, Iowa - Drew Tate turned 30 earlier this month. He celebrated by returning to the scene of his greatest glory.
The quarterback who led Iowa two its last Big Ten title in 2004 served as the team's honorary captain last Saturday. The Hawkeyes outlasted Indiana, 45-29, on Homecoming.
Tate plays for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. He's been north of the border for eight seasons after being cut by the Rams and Chiefs.
"They like those tall guys," the 6-foot Tate joked about the NFL.
Tate overcame the stereotype of being too small since his record-setting prep career in Texas. He originally committed to Texas A&M before flipping to Iowa after an Aggies' coaching change.
The Hawkeye fans greeted Tate with one of their loudest cheers in recent memory for an honorary captain at Kinnick Stadium Saturday. It was hard to believe 10 years had passed since he led a team with virtually no running game to the title.
Tate is closer to the end of his career than the beginning this days. He still maintains his passion for the game.
"That's what I do. Look, I'm a football guy. I'm always going to be involved with football in some way, shape or form. Hopefully Coach (Kirk) Ferentz will let me come back (to Iowa) and be a GA (graduate assistant) or something," he said.
Tate also talked about what he told the current Hawkeye quarterbacks last week, how he sees the two-quarterback system and more. See what he had to say in this HI TV Interview: