Cotton back from Tampa
Jordan Cotton was back in Mt. Pleasant after playing with the Iowa football team in the Outback Bowl against LSU, and he came to the Mt. Pleasant girls’ basketball game against Ft. Madison on Friday.
In the photo above Cotton — watching the game with brother Darian Cotton, left, a football player at Iowa State — waves to the crowd as he is recognized with an announcement at the game.
Originally, he planned to watch his sister (Delayna) play, but she and some other family members got stuck in Tampa after the game.
“We (Darian and I) decided just to come anyway — I hadn’t seen a game in a while,” Cotton said. “It’s always nice to come back and see everyone.”
In Tampa on New Year’s Day, Cotton returned a fourth-quarter kick 96 yards, leading to an Iowa touchdown.
“I knew it was my last college play,” Cotton said. “I”m disappointed I didn’t score, but I just wanted to give my team the chance.”
Cotton’s career as a Hawkeye ended at the Outback Bowl.
“After the game in the locker room, and on the plane on the way home, it all started sinking in,” Cotton said.
The Mt. Pleasant native graduated from Iowa in December and will start training for the NFL on Jan. 13 in Iowa City.
“I want to see if I can get a shot,” he said.