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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Yanda will be honored with weight room name





June 19, 2013

By Sara Millhouse


Anamosa will honor its Super Bowl son, Marshal Yanda, by giving his name to the high school weight room.

It’s a fitting honor for a high school football player whose hard work and dedication in the weight room, among other places, helped him become a top-level pro athlete.


A ceremony honoring Yanda will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23 in the Anamosa High School gym.

Yanda’s wife Shannon is a 2000 graduate of Western Dubuque. Shannon’s parents Dennis and Sallie Hunt live in Epworth.

Yanda, a University of Iowa graduate, will be greeted by his Hawkeye coach, Kirk Ferentz, at the naming ceremony.

Yanda could be considered a late bloomer: he was an all-conference selection and team captain of the Anamosa High School football team but was far from being the top national athlete he would become. He spent his first two years of college at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City.

From there, he went on to two stellar seasons at Iowa and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2007. An offensive lineman, he has been selected twice for the Pro Bowl and earned a Super Bowl ring earlier this year.

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