IRVING (Texas) – Robert Gallery, a former offensive lineman at the University of Iowa has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame’s 2023 class. Monday’s announcement was made by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
Gallery is a Masonville native (East Buchanan High School) and played as an offensive tackle for the Hawkeyes from 2000 to03. Gallery was unanimously selected as the first-team All-America senior honoree and the winner of the Outland Trophy. This trophy is presented each year to the top offensive lineman in America.
Gallery won the Big Ten Offensive lineman of the year in 2003. Gallery was named the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2003. He also earned All-Big Ten First-Team honors his last three seasons.
Gallery was the Hawkeyes’ last three seasons. They posted a record of 28-10 in total, with a 17-7 record in Big Ten play. Gallery was promoted to the starting lineup for six of the last games in his first season. Iowa scored 32.6 points per contest in 2001 and won the Alamo Bowl over Texas Tech.
In 2002, the Hawkeyes won the Big Ten Championship with an 8-0 league record. This school record also included 11 wins. Iowa scored 37.2 points per match while quarterback Brad Banks finished second in Heisman Trophy voting.
Gallery finished the final season of Gallery with 10 wins. Iowa closed the season in 2004 Outback Bowl victory, defeating Florida 37-17. For the second straight season, Iowa was ranked eighth in the nation.
Gallery, a senior, was both a captain of the team and Most Valuable player. The Oakland Raiders selected him as the second pick in 2004 NFL Draft. He was a member of both the Raiders NFL team and the Seattle Seahawks NFL team. In his eight seasons, he started 103 out of the 104 games he participated in. In 2010, he was presented with the NFL’s Ed Block Courage Award.
Gallery is an Iowa Letterwinner’s Club Hall of Fame member and America Needs Farmers Wall of Honor (ANF Wall of Honor) at Kinnick Stadium.
Gallery received his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa in 2003. Gallery and Becca McCann (an ex-Iowa women’s basketball player), now live in California together with their three children Hayden, Brooklyn and Lincoln.
Gallery, the 11th ex-Hawkeye player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame based on his football career. Based on their coaching career at college, former Iowa football players Earl Banks (Morgan State), and Bob Stoops(Oklahoma), are Hall of Fame members.
Five Hawkeye former head coaches have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. They are: Eddie Anderson (1938-42; 1946-49), Forest Evashevski (52-60), Hayden Fry (1879-98), Howard Jones (1916-23), Slip Madigan (1943-44)