Brown to join his father on Kinnick Media Wall of Fame

IOWA CITY – Fort Dodge Senior High graduate Rick Brown is joining his father on the Media Wall of Fame at Kinnick Stadium.

The University of Iowa announced on Monday that Brown, an award-winning sports writer and columnist who retired from the Des Moines Register last December, will be honored during the Hawkeyes’ football game against North Dakota State on Sept. 17.

Brown’s dad, Bob, was recognized in 2006 as an inaugural Wall of Fame member in the Paul Brechler Press Box at Kinnick Stadium. Bob Brown was the sports editor at The Messenger from 1956-1993.

Bob and Rick will be the first father-son duo ever on the school’s Wall of Fame.

“I am humbled by this honor. And to be there alongside my dad makes it extra special,” Brown said. “He used to take me to Iowa games when I was kid.

“To be able to stand on that field all these years later and join him in the Kinnick Wall of Fame will be a day I’ll never forget.”

After a part-time stint at The Messenger under his father’s wing in high school, Rick Brown began working for the Register in 1978. He was named Iowa Sportswriter of the Year 10 times during his Register career.

Rick will join fellow 2016 inductees Blean Calkins of KWPC radio in Muscatine; Hal Lagerstrom, a sports writer and editor at the Dubuque Telegraph Herald from 1959 until 1991; and Ed Podolak, a former Hawkeye standout player and current radio analyst for Iowa games on Learfield Sports.

The Wall of Fame ”recognizes individuals who have covered Hawkeye football with integrity, accuracy and fairness over a long period of time,” according to a university statement.

Rick Brown, who graduated from FDSH in 1972 and the University of Iowa in 1976 (Bachelor of Arts) and 1977 (Master’s), is currently a contributing writer for

Rick’s mother, Nan, lives in Fort Dodge. Bob Brown passed away in 2012 at the age of 83.