IOWA CITY, Iowa – Josey Jewell joined the Iowa football team as an unheralded two-star recruit from Decorah.
He then left as one of the most celebrated linebackers in program history and is now a member of the Denver Broncos.
Jewell has added yet another accolade as the Big Ten Network selected him to its All-Decade team. He is one of three linebackers to make the team, the others being Michigan’s Devin Bush and Wisconsin’s Chris Borland.
“It’s awesome,” Jewell said in an interview with the Big Ten Network. “There’s a lot of great players ahead of me, that have played in 2010, ’11 and ’12, stuff like that. Definitely an honor to be named in the top three.”
The Big Ten Network is releasing its All-Decade team throughout the week with a panel of 24 voters making the selections.
Jewell was a consensus All-America selection as a senior in 2017 after having made second-team all-conference as a sophomore and junior.
As a senior, Jewell finished with 136 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and two interceptions. He was also the recipient of the Nagurski-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Butkus-Fitzgerald Big Ten Linebacker of the Year honors.
Jewell was also the first player in the Kirk Ferentz era to be named a permanent team captain as a sophomore.
“I am an absolute sucker for the underdog story,” said Big Ten Network studio host, Dave Revsine . “And there may not have been a better one in the last decade in the Big Ten than Josey Jewell. Here is a kid who grows up in rural Iowa on a turkey and cattle farm. He is about to go to a Division III school in his hometown. And then at the 11th hour, Iowa swoops in.”