Nobody in Iowa City escapes the political whirlwind that sweeps through town in an election year, not even the football players.
At a rally held by presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday night, several Iowa football players joined Trump on stage and presented him with an unofficial Hawkeyes jersey with his name printed on the back. Walk-on tight end Peter Pekar spoke to the crowd and starting quarterback C.J. Beathard was among the other players on stage. Several Hawkeye wrestlers also joined in the festivities.
— Adam Wesley (@adambwesley) January 27, 2016
There's no telling if Trump will benefit from the football team's popularity after the Hawkeyes' 12-2 season and Big Ten West Division title in 2015. Their appearance at the rally, though, can't sit well with fellow Republican candidate Carly Fiorina, who turned her back on her own alma mater in the Rose Bowl. Fiorina, a Stanford grad, tweeted that she was rooting for Iowa over the Cardinal on Jan. 1.
Love my alma mater, but rooting for a Hawkeyes win today. #RoseBowl
— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) January 1, 2016