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Hawkeye Hauler Gets a Makeover for the Rose Bowl

The unsung heroes of Hawkeye football might be a father son duo who drive the hawks’ gear around the country on their own dime. Mike Riggan started driving an 18 wheeler painted in black and gold, dubbed the Hawkeye Hauler, with his friend Ed Huff in 1983 and now drives it with his son, Jeff. 

"We bleed black and gold," says Mike. "Iowa is the only team in the Big 10 that operates like this, with someone volunteering their time." 

"People love it. Sometimes when we're driving down the interstate, it looks like we're going to get pulled over because there are so many camera flashes," Mike adds. 

During this River to River segment, host Ben Kieffer talks with Mike and Jeff Riggan about the Hawkeye Hauler and the rig's new paint job in honor of this year's Rose Bowl game. 

Lindsey Moon is IPR's Senior Digital Producer
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River