Iowa Sports Foundation hires former Hawkeye Chuck Long

Former Hawkeye quarterback Chuck Long

Former Iowa quarterback Chuck Long has been named the executive director and chief executive officer for the Iowa Sports Foundation.

In this capacity, Long will lead the foundation in its stated mission "to provide sports, recreation, health and wellness opportunities for Iowans of all abilities."

"Chuck's experience on and off the field in a leadership role makes him the ideal candidate to take over the playbook for the Iowa Sports Foundation," Doug Reichardt, chairman of the ISF board, said in a statement. "Chuck's passion for sports and advocacy for lifelong fitness will inspire adults and youth of all ages to live a healthy active lifestyle. With his leadership we will be one step closer to achieving Iowa's goal of becoming number one in well-being."

Long threw for 70 touchdowns and rushed for 14 more in a Iowa Hawkeyes uniform.

In 1985, he led Iowa to the Rose Bowl and finished second in Heisman Trophy voting. That year Long also took home the Big Ten Player of the Year, Davey O'Brien Award and Maxwell Award. Long was also named a consenus All-American.

Long was drafted in the first round of the 1986 NFL draft, spending six seasons in the league.

In 1999, Long was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Long also spent time as a college coach, most notably as the head coach of San Diego State for three seasons.

Long will continue to serve in his analyst role with the Big Ten Network.