Tom Brands unveiled as Big Ten Icon 50

Tom Brands A program on the Big Ten Network, is counting down the top 50 student-athletes in conference history based solely on their collegiate careers. The network unveiled Big Ten Icon 50 as Iowa’s Tom Brands, the legendary wrestler.

Brands, who wrestled for Iowa from 1989 to 1992, was a four-time all-American and three-time NCAA champion in the 134-pound division. He was named the outstanding wrestler of the 1992 NCAA Championships. The Sheldon native led the Hawkeyes to consecutive national titles and posted an individual career record of 158-7-2. In an essay for, former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath writes, Iowa wrestlers are tough, committed, disciplined people. For more than 20 years, Tom Brands has personified those traits for the Iowa Hawkeyes. To read the entire essay and watch a video feature on Brands, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at

Brands is the first icon to be named in the series. Icons 50 through 21 will be unveiled between now and September 16 on the Icon website. The page will feature essays, video, and other key facts about each student-athletes’ career, as well as a “Talk of the Locker Room” contest where participants have a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize or a weekly giveaway of a 55-inch Phillips HD television.

The television show, hosted by legendary college sports broadcaster Keith Jackson, debuts September 18 following a Big Ten Network football telecast in which Icon No. 20 will be revealed. The countdown continues at 8 p.m. Central every Tuesday night through the end of football season and into the spring. The No. 1 Big Ten Icon will be revealed around the 2011 Big Ten men’s basketball tournament.

Karissa Wikert
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