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From left: Former Iowa players Desmond King, LeShun Daniels, Jaleel Johnson and George Kittle attend the Legends of Iowa Football Camp last Friday in Cedar Rapids.

Iowa players return for legends camp, Bobby Elliott’s celebration of life and DE puts Hawkeyes in top 6

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So let’s get to it. Here is the Iowa Breakfast Club for Monday, July 17.

Iowa’s NFL players return for legends camp

More than 40 former Iowa football players helped conduct the Legends of Iowa Football Camp on Friday in Cedar Rapids. It was a mix between recent graduates like George Kittle, Desmond King, Jaleel Johnson and LeShun Daniels as well as other players from the 1960s and 1970s. There were plenty of other well-known recent graduates like Kevonte Martin-Manley, James Morris, Allen Reisner, James Vandenberg and even former All-American Tim Dwight helping young athletes with pass routes and other skills.

It’s impressive to see Kittle, King, Johnson and Daniels back in the neighborhood just weeks ahead of their first NFL training camps. Kittle has made strides as a tight end with the San Francisco 49ers and could end up starting. King, a defensive back, and Johnson, a defensive tackle, likely will see plenty of rotation time with the Los Angeles Chargers and Minnesota Vikings, respectively. Daniels signed as a free-agent running back with the New England Patriots.

Last call for Beathards in Iowa … for a while

Former Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard also made a pit stop in Iowa over the weekend. His younger brother, Tucker Beathard, held a concert Saturday night at the Cedar County Fair in Tipton, Iowa. Tucker Beathard is an up-and-coming country music performer and has toured with Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban, as well as playing in Iowa City regularly while his brother was attending school. Casey Beathard, father of both C.J. and Tucker, is one of the top country-music songwriters in Nashville.

C.J. Beathard was a third-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in April.

Celebrating former Iowa player and assistant Bobby Elliott’s life

Former Iowa player and assistant coach Bobby Elliott was remembered at a celebration of his life Saturday at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City.

Elliott played for Iowa in the 1970s and worked under Hayden Fry from 1987 through 1998. He later served as an assistant at Iowa State, Kansas State, Notre Dame and briefly at Nebraska this spring.

There were many fine takes on Elliott’s celebration, including this one by Land of 10’s Sean Keeler and this one by Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Former Iowa player and current television sportscaster Anthony Herron offered up his thoughts about Elliott on Twitter.

Hawkeyes lose a QB to Penn State

In early June, Iowa was the first Power-5 program to offer Middletown, Conn., quarterback Will Levis. Then the 6-foot-4, 222-pound pro-style star attended the Hawkeyes’ camp. Iowa appeared to lead for Levis until he camped at Penn State last weekend. Then … well, it happens in recruiting.

Iowa lands in Daniel Parker Jr.’s final 6 with rivals

Kansas City-area defensive end Daniel Parker Jr. announced his final 6 schools he’s considering. Iowa made the list, which was in no particular order.

The other schools for the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Parker include Minnesota, Iowa State, Missouri, Kentucky and Central Florida. Let the race begin for the Rivals 4-star prospect from Blue Springs, Mo.

Iowa countdown reaches the top 5

Our Land of 10/Iowa countdown of the 20 greatest stories in Iowa athletics history concludes this week with stories 5 through 1. A poll consisting of 25 sportswriters/sportscasters/media relations personnel voted from a list of 30 stories. At the bottom of each story are links to previous stories in the countdown.

In case you missed our story Friday on Iowa’s Final Four teams in 1955 and 1956, here’s a chance to catch up.

Profiling Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle

It’s no secret Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle is the second-most powerful person in the football program. He actually has more contact with the players than all of the coaching staff. Des Moines Register Iowa columnist Chad Leistikow profiled Doyle over the weekend, and it’s worth a few minutes of your time.