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Ed Bock


Edward John Bock

Inducted 1970

Date of Birth



Fort Dodge, IA


Iowa State University (1936-1938)


As Iowa State's first All-America, Ed Bock has been called the greatest lineman in Cyclone history. He started in each of his 26 varsity games, often playing the entire 60 minutes. He gained consensus All-American honors in 1938. The 1938 team was one of the school's best teams. The Cyclones posted a 7-1-1 record including victories over Big Six rivals Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas. The 8-7 victory over Nebraska was the first Iowa State win over the Cornhuskers in 19 seasons. Over the 1937 and 1938 seasons the Cyclones posted a ten-game winning streak, setting an Iowa State record. A native of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Bock earned Bachelor and Masters degrees in mechanical engineering. He later became the president of the Monsanto Company. While president his firm created Astroturf, the first artificial athletic surface. In 1963 he received Sports Illustrated's Silver Anniversary Award.


Height 6'0

Weight 202

Career Highlights

  • 1938 All-Conference
  • 1938 Consensus All-America
  • 1937 All-Conference
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