April 2021

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16 and now drives for Nationwide Truck Brokers (NTB), which serves Kentucky and five states that surround the Great Lakes. On this particular day, Brase was hauling to Meijer stores in Detroit, Sandusky, Toledo, and Akron, Ohio. All the while, he was wearing his signature Hawkeye hat. e work schedule as a trucker allows Brase to attend weekend games in Iowa City and he has been to 84 straight Hawkeye home football games (when fans were allowed). When Iowa plays at Michigan or Michigan State, Brase is in the stands there as well. at includes the 2012 season when he cheered the Hawkeyes at both East Lansing and Ann Arbor. "Living in Michigan isn't a problem," Brase said. "Almost 90 percent of the people I run into here say Iowa is their favorite team besides their own favorite team." Brase and his wife, Deb, have been married 42 years. She makes the majority of trips to Kinnick Stadium and he gives her credit for allowing him to continue the fall weekend getaways. Brase's second ticket each week is rotated between his wife, children or grandchildren. Family and Hawkeye football has a double meaning for Brase. "At Iowa, the glass is almost full as opposed to half full or almost empty," he said. "It is almost full in terms that we are family at Iowa both in the football program and among the fans."

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