All-America Wall should be an inspiration

Iowa State has more than 400 current student-athletes. Many of them come to the Jacobson Athletic Building on a regular basis and now, those young Cyclones will walk past the names of the nearly 500 Iowa State University All-Americans, who preceded them.

As part of Hall of Fame weekend, the Iowa State Athletics Department and Letterwinners’ Club dedicated Saturday its new All-American Honor Wall (located at the north end of the Jacobson Building).

 When current Cyclones walk by these honor walls it “should be an inspiration for them to try and establish their own legacies” Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said.

In a wonderful celebration prior to the football game, more than 60 of those All-Americans attended dedication ceremonies. The list of those present was a “Who’s Who” of Iowa State greats, including Les Anderson (wrestling), Merv Krakau (football), Ray Wehde (men’s basketball), Lyndsey Medders (women’s basketball), Danny Harris (track), Gary Thompson (men’s basketball and baseball), Tom Watkins (football) and many others.

Additionally, two loyal and very generous families – Mel & Kathy Weatherwax and Craig & Virginia Petermeier – were also recognized for their long-standing financial support of the athletics department. Their family names are permanently displayed on the walls as recognition of their significant generosity.

ABC5 sports director John Walters emceed the event and noted that there is great excitement about the present and future of Iowa State Athletics, but “today it’s about honoring the past.”

For those in the crowd, it was certainly an afternoon of fond memories. For those student-athletes, who will pass by the walls in future years, let’s hope it’s inspiration to join those already honored.

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