Brett Greenwood and Abdul Hodge

Class of 2011, Marketing

Iowa Hawkeye defensive back Brett Greenwood knows a thing or two about the value of athletic scholarships.

The starting free safety—named a 2010 preseason honorable mention All-American by NationalChamps. net—was a walk-on as a freshman at Iowa after his multi-position career at Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf, Iowa. He knows that every student-athlete with a scholarship had to work hard to receive the honor, but having to earn his as a walk-on made it all the sweeter.

“It felt great to get the recognition,” says Brett, who has received the Ben Trickey Memorial Scholarship, the Jack and Ailene Liechty Football Scholarship, and the Wallace Geiger Scholarship. “My hard work paid off.”

Brett, a marketing major, also worked as an intern for the Athletic Development Office at The University of Iowa Foundation during the summer of 2010. There he got to see firsthand the generosity and loyalty of many Hawkeye fans who step up to ensure that he and other UI student-athletes can earn a world-class education while wearing the black and gold.

“If not for them, we wouldn’t get our education and get to play for the Hawkeyes,” he says. “We’re provided with everything we need to succeed as players and academically.”

Brett, who for the fourth straight year was chosen in 2010 by his teammates to be a member of the Hawkeyes Leadership Group, knows he’ll always look back and remember all the ways Hawkeye fans support their team.

“When you come down that tunnel with the team and Kinnick Stadium opens up, there’s nothing like it,” he says. And he has a message for everyone who helps his teammates and him succeed: “Thank you for contributing throughout the year—and especially on football Saturdays.”

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