Former Lions coach Jim Caldwell named honorary captain for alma mater, Iowa

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Jim Caldwell talks to Lions owner Martha Ford during his final game as coach last December.

Allen Park — For the first time in four decades, Jim Caldwell isn't coaching football.

That's allowing the former Detroit Lions coach the opportunity to do things he previously didn't have time for because of the rigors of life in the NFL. 

This week, Caldwell will serve as the honorary captain for the Iowa Hawkeyes, with whom he played from 1973-76. 

According to a press release from the university, Caldwell still holds the school record for blocked kicks in a season, recording five as a freshman in 1973. He totaled 132 career tackles and seven interceptions during his four seasons. 

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He also began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Hawkeyes in 1977. 

Caldwell served as the Lions coach from 2014-17, amassing a 36-28 record and two playoff appearances. He was fired after last season and replaced by Matt Patricia. 

In July, it was reported Caldwell will be part of a committee advising the reboot of the XFL. Along with John Fox, Doug Flutie and others, the group will help determine the league's rules and style of play. @Justin_Rogers