Before Northern Iowa could get to the Oklahoma City airport after its stunning upset of Kansas in a second-round NCAA tournament game Saturday, its most famous athletic alumnus tracked down basketball coach Ben Jacobson by phone: former MVP-winning NFL quarterback and Super Bowl champion Kurt Warner.
“We stopped to eat and he tracked us down while we were at the restaurant, and I had an opportunity to visit with him for five or six minutes,” Jacobson said. “Had a nice conversation. And when I got off that call and passed it along to the guys, they lit up about as much as they did following that basketball game.
“I mean, it had a real impact on our guys. And it was really neat of Kurt to reach out. He talked about our team and he said he sat and watched that entire Kansas game and was cheering for us. And just watching our guys a little bit.
Jacobson said Warner focused on hard work and preparation in what he deemed “a special phone call for our program.”