Two former Hawkeyes selected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Detroit Lions linesman Alex Karras, July 27, 1961. Location unknown. (AP Photo/Preston Stroup)
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - Two former Iowa linemen were named to the 2020 Centennial Class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Fred "Duke" Slater, who played for the Hawkeyes from 1918-21, and Alex Karras (1956-57) are the fourth and fifth players in program history to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Slater played 10 seasons in the NFL and was the first African-American lineman in NFL history. He was also a six-time All-Pro.

Karras, who led Iowa to a Rose Bowl win in 1956, was the 10th player selected in the 1958 NFL Draft. He played his entire career for the Detroit Lions from 1958-70. He was selected to four Pro Bowls.