IOWA CITY, Iowa – Former Iowa running back Ronnie Harmon broke years of silence when he appeared on the HawkFanatic/KCJJ radio show and podcast Thursday.
Harmon addressed multiple topics, including the controversial ending to his college career at the 1986 Rose Bowl in which he fumbled four times in the first half, and dropped a potential touchdown catch in Iowa’s 45-28 loss to UCLA.
Harmon denied accusations that he helped to fix the outcome of the Rose Bowl. He said he simply had a bad game at the worst time.
Harmon also addressed the racial unrest that has swept over the country since George Floyd’s death on May 25 in Minneapolis.
Harmon said he wasn’t surprised that multiple former players have spoken out about alleged racial disparities within the program.
Harmon, a native of New York City, rushed for 2,271 yards and had 2,045 receiving yards as a Hawkeye.
He is the only player in school history to have 2,000 rushing and receiving yards.
Harmon played receiver during his first two seasons at Iowa, much to his dismay.
He said during Thursday’s interview that he nearly transferred after being switched from running back to receiver as a freshman.
Harmon’s dad, however, convinced him to stay.
Harmon’s appearance Thursday came approximately six weeks after Pat Harty from HawkFanatic.com wrote a column about his disconnect with Iowa fans.
Harmon’s wife, Noel Harmon, reached out to Harty to set up Thursday’s appearance on the radio by her husband.
Harmon and his wife, who is originally from West Des Moines, have a young daughter and currently live in Washington D.C.