30 Facts About Randy Duncan


Randy Duncan played college football at the University of Iowa in the Big Ten Conference.


Randy Duncan played in two Rose Bowls and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.


Randy Duncan was born to Hearst and Louise Randy Duncan in 1937, in Osage, Iowa.


Randy Duncan moved with his family to Mason City before finally attending Roosevelt High School in Des Moines.


Randy Duncan was a highly regarded prospect in both football and basketball.


Randy Duncan was a first team all-state guard on the Roosevelt basketball team that lost in the 1954 state championship game.


Randy Duncan was a first team all-state quarterback for Roosevelt, leading the Roughriders to an undefeated season and a state title in 1954.


Randy Duncan graduated from high school after the 1954 fall semester, and he was heavily recruited after choosing to play football.


Randy Duncan nearly went to the University of Colorado in Boulder, but decided to attend the University of Iowa in Iowa City.


Randy Duncan has said that the only reason was because of his friendship with Iowa assistant coach Bump Elliott.


Randy Duncan became very discouraged over being constantly berated by Iowa coach Forest Evashevski and being clobbered in practice by Cal Jones.


Randy Duncan was named the starter and led the team in passing in 1957.


Randy Duncan battled snow and sleet to throw a touchdown pass for the only score in Iowa's win over Northwestern, and he missed the end of Iowa's tie with Michigan due to leg cramps.


Randy Duncan scored four touchdowns, two passing and two rushing, against Minnesota, and two touchdowns against Notre Dame, one passing and one on an interception return as a defensive back.


Randy Duncan was terrific, helping Iowa lead the Big Ten in passing and the nation in total offense.


Randy Duncan led the nation in completion percentage and passing yardage.


Randy Duncan was named the 1958 Big Ten MVP, and he was selected as a consensus first team All-American.


Randy Duncan won the Walter Camp Award and finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting.


Randy Duncan is one of seven Iowa players to letter from 1956 through 1958.


Randy Duncan was the first overall selection of the 1959 NFL Draft, taken by the Green Bay Packers on December 1,1958.


Randy Duncan instead went to the Canadian Football League and signed with the British Columbia Lions.


Randy Duncan played two disappointing years in Canada before getting cut and then signing with the American Football League's Dallas Texans.


Randy Duncan practiced with the Texans during the day and attended Southern Methodist University law school at night.


Randy Duncan did not see much playing time for the Texans, and when Texans coach Hank Stram traded for Len Dawson, Randy Duncan retired from football.


Randy Duncan finished law school at Drake University, and for years, operated a successful law practice in Des Moines.


Randy Duncan married Paula Mathieson in 1960, and they have three sons: Jed, Matt and Scott.


Jed and Matt Randy Duncan played football at Yale University and the University of Iowa, respectively.


Randy Duncan died in Des Moines on September 27,2016 from brain cancer.


Randy Duncan was inducted into the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame in 1976 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.


Randy Duncan was named honorary captain of the Iowa football team during the Iowa - Maine football game in 2008.