We all have to wait a little bit longer until the football season is underway. But it didn't stop four former Iowa football players from getting together and reuniting on the field.
Current Indianapolis Colts players Austin Blythe and Tevaun Smith as well as current Green Bay Packers players Mike Daniels and Micah Hyde were part of the NFL's annual Hall of Fame game Sunday at Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio, which was canceled due to poor playing conditions.
Parts of the Hall of Fame logo in the middle of the field melted, creating concerns that players’ cleats would stick to the turf and be a cause to potential injuries.
"As a result of some painting on the field today, some questions arose about player safety," NFL Hall of Fame President David Baker said to fans, according to a story posted by USA TODAY. "We talked to both sets of players. I can tell you — I had a son who played in this league — if it had happened with him on the field, I would've wanted somebody to make the same decision."
Daniels, who is playing his fifth season in the league and was drafted in the fourth round by Green Bay in 2012, appeared in all 16 regular season games for the Packers last season. The 6-3, 310-pound defensive tackle recorded 49 tackles with four sacks. He even grabbed one interception.
Hyde, now playing in his fourth year and the Packers' fifth-round selection in 2013, tallied 55 tackles at defensive back, caught three interceptions and recovered two fumbles. He's also Green Bay's primary punt returner from a year ago. Hyde was a first team all-conference pick his senior season and won the Tatum-Woodson Award, which is given to the best defensive back in the Big Ten Conference.
Both Blythe and Smith are in their first seasons with Indianapolis. Blythe, playing at center for the Colts and a Rimington Award finalist his senior year for the Hawkeyes, was drafted in the seventh round. Smith was signed as an undrafted free agent in May. The 6-2, 205-pound wide receiver was a first-round pick by the Edmonton Eskimos during this year's Canadian Football League draft.
Baker said Sunday there would be a "full refund policy" announced Monday by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Leisikow's 2016 Big Ten Conference season football predictions:
Hawkeyes columnkst Chad Leistikow lays down his predictions for how he thinks teams will fare in the Big Ten Conference this season. Aaron Young