Daniels Honored to Be Back at Iowa

Mike Daniels returned to the scene of some great memories for he and the Hawkeyes. The former Iowa defensive lineman and current Green Bay Packer served as the team's honorary captain Saturday for its game against Northwestern.

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Mike Daniels picked up the phone with an area code from his college days. His coach at Iowa being on the other end of the line surprised him.

The lightly recruited defensive tackle remembered listening to former Hawkeyes speak to his team during game weeks when they served as honorary captains. Now, it was his turn.

Kirk Ferentz asked the current Green Bal Packers. He gladly accepted.

"I was honored. I really was honored. I never thought that I would be an honorary captain," Daniels said. "To have the head man call you and say he'd like to have me come back goes to show I've earned my respect. And that's what I wanted to do, earn my respect around here."

Daniels spoke to the team at practice this week. The New Jersey native delivered a straight-forward messages that's served him well.

"I told them that it's about your desire. How bad to you want it? Guys can be taught how to catch, how to tackle, but your desire to actually go and hit somebody, to go across the middle and catch the ball, that's desire. You have to want it. You can't be taught that," Daniels said.

Watch what else Daniels had to say about his time back in Iowa and overcoming the odds to become an NFL player right here:

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