Rose Bowl-Winning Quarterback Randy Duncan Dies

Sep 28, 2016

The University of Iowa quarterback who led the Hawkeyes to two Rose Bowl victories and who finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting has died. 

Randy Duncan with his coach, Forest Evashevski
Credit University of Iowa sports information office

Randy Duncan was born in Osage, but played high school football for Des Moines Roosevelt.

He was an All-American at Iowa in 1959 and the first pick in the NFL draft, going to the Green Bay Packers.

He did not sign with Green Bay, which was then led by Vince Lombardi.

Instead, he played two years in the Canadian Football League.

But he gave up professional football for a career as a lawyer in Des Moines.

He’s perhaps best remembered for an iconic photograph taken before the 1957 Rose Bowl, which showed him fulfilling an expressed wish to kiss actress Jane Mansfield.

Randy Duncan died Tuesday night after a long battle with brain cancer.

Randy Duncan during his playing days at the University of Iowa
Credit University of Iowa sports information office

He was 79 years old.