Remembering Roy Marble
Hawkeye Legend Roy Marble died today at the age of 48 after a year-long battle with cancer. Iowa's all-time leading scorer made many appearances at KRNA events over the years and I got to know Roy via his good friend Jaymz Larson. Here are the three of us and some KRNA listeners at an event at Union Station. He always lit up the room.
Of course, Roy HOSTED many events at his Legends bar just down the street from our studios here in Downtown Cedar Rapids. The Bears/Colts game in Super Bowl XLI was an incredible night. I loved that place.
When his son Roy Devyn was picked by Orlando last June, Jaymz and Roy reported live on my show with updates. A Q&A session at the Big Boy Toy show recently was another great memory of The Legend. He was so gracious and had that infectious smile. You knew you were hanging with regional royalty, but he was just so down to earth sometimes you forgot that fact.
Sadly, the Tyler Sash remembrances tomorrow at Jack Trice will have an additional remembrance for a Hawkeye great. Tough week in Iowa for sports fans.
I remember seeing Roy, BJ, Horton and the Hawks in the mid-1980s in Madison. They were unstoppable. Badger fans knew Wisconsin couldn't stay with that group. #23's stats would take up an entire page. Instead, I'll just say this: We were blessed to have Roy play here. My condolences to his family. Safe journey to Basketball Heaven, RM.