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Tailgate Tour Pays Special Visit To Wentz

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Release: 05/23/2012
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SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Long-time Cyclone football season-ticket holder and 1977 Iowa State graduate Larry Wentz had a surprise visit from the Tailgate Tour to his home Wednesday.  The former Des Moines and Sioux City news anchor is currently recovering from a liver transplant and could not attend the afternoon's Tailgate Tour stop.  The surprise visit continued Wentz's streak of interacting with the Cyclone coaches every year they have come to Sioux City for the Tailgate Tour.

Wentz was left speechless, a rare occasion for an esteemed news anchor, when he saw the Cyclone coaches at this front door.  Continually thanking the coaches and telling them how much the visit meant to them, Wentz could hardly hold back his emotions.

Wentz's accomplishments in the news anchor field made him far from the only celebrity in his living room Wednesday.  Wentz accomplished one of his ultimate career goals this year by being named the 41st recipient of the Jack Shelley Award on April 28.  The honor is named after his former journalism professor at Iowa State. Wentz gives Shelley credit for recruiting him to venture from Minnesota to Ames to pursue his journalism degree.

Wentz was the fourth former Jack Shelley student to win the prestigious award.

As Wentz interacted with the Cyclone coaches, he made it known that like the football team he is training this off-season for the Sept. 1 season opener.  Before the coaches left his house, Wentz told Rhoads he fully anticipates being back in Jack Trice Stadium for the Cyclones' gridiron tilt with Tulsa.


VIDEO: Larry Wentz Home Visit

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