Gallery Looks Back on Iowa Career

I don't think I'm ever going to get better coaching than I've gotten here. Coach Ferentz, Coach Morgan, Coach Doyle; you're never going to find anything better than that. I just love playing. Saturdays are great. I enjoy everything about it. But coming out and playing on Saturdays, it's what you practice for."--Robert Gallery. This item contains more of Robert's thoughts on playing his last game in Kinnick Stadmium.

Can you talk about this being your last home game?

It's going to be a fun one. It's the last time we'll ever come out of the tunnel. All the work that these seniors have put in is coming to an end a lot faster than we thought it would. It's going to be a great game. We're excited. It will probably be kind of emotional, but it's still just another game.

Do you remember your first one?

Yeah. It's great coming out of the tunnel for the first time, but it's like the first time every time you come out. I get chills every time we come out before the game. It's just something that unless you've experienced it, you don't really know what it's like.

Who recruited you, which assistant coach?

Fry's staff started. When the new staff came in, they picked up right from there.

Was there any doubt in your mind during the transition?

Nah. I always knew I was coming here. They got Coach Ferentz and he was putting together his staff. Coach Philbin wasn't even hired yet when I signed. But, I knew it was where I wanted to be. I think it's worked out pretty well for me.

Did that concern you that some of the coaches weren't hired yet?

Not at all. It's still Iowa. They're going to bring in good people.

So, you came for the school?

I came for the tradition. I knew they were going to have great people here, so that wasn't a worry to me at all.

What are you going to miss about playing football for Iowa?

Everything man. The fans. Playing at home. Playing for a great program that has a lot of tradition. Playing for a coaching staff that is very passionate and wants you to be the best that you can be. I don't think I'm ever going to get better coaching than I've gotten here. Coach Ferentz, Coach Morgan, Coach Doyle; you're never going to find anything better than that. I just love playing. Saturdays are great. I enjoy everything about it. But coming out and playing on Saturdays, it's what you practice for.

What's your fondest memory?

Probably winning the Big Ten championship. Going through the struggles went through the first few years; to be able to go from 1-10 to 10-1; that's something to people that are here and to be on both ends of it. To help to turn this program around; to be back at a high level and to put it to where it's going to stay for a while.

Were there some frustrating times?

Obviously when you're 1-10, it's frustrating. (laughter) I don't think that anybody was happy around here those first couple of years, but everybody believed. We just stuck to it, and it worked out. And I don't think that this program is going to go down any time soon.

Fred said that this will be his last home game. You made that choice last year. What do you say to Fred?

You've got to do what's best for you. That was the best for me, and I wasn't ready to move on yet. Another year of playing for the Hawks was great. Some of the best memories I'll ever have will happen this year with how we're going to finish things up. I wouldn't change my decision, but he's got to do what's best for him. He'll have time to figure that out.

Are you ready to go now or would you stay of you could?

Five years is long enough. (laughter) I love it and all, but I'm getting kind of old. It's time to move on. I'll be sad it's over, but another chapter of my life is going to begin next year. But I'm going to enjoy the rest of this year.

Do you have any superstitious things that you do before the game?

Yeah. There are a lot of things that I do. We have some signs in the locker room that I always pat the same number of times before we go out. I always find my parents when we come out before the games because they go to every game. To have them at every game, it's kind of a superstition.


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