Jalen Rima has been attending football games at the University of Northern Iowa for as long as he can remember. He's got as many purple-and-gold caps and shirts as you could need, but he's about to get more.
Rima plans to sign his national letter-of-intent with the Northern Iowa football program Wednesday morning during a ceremony in the Cedar Rapids Prairie library, further cementing the Rima family's strong ties to the university.
"I've been a UNI Panther since I've been a little boy," he said. "I've gone to multiple games for multiple years since I've been in elementary school."
Rima starred for the Prairie football team last season as a receiver, runner and kick returner to the tune of 1,638 yards and 15 touchdowns despite a few injuries along the way. He proved he's one of the fastest high school athletes in Iowa by winning the 200 and 400 meter dashes at the Class 4A state track meet last May and now he'll be taking all those skills to Cedar Falls.
His father, Todd Rima, played baseball at the University of Northern Iowa and is the head baseball coach at Prairie and Kirkwood Community College. His grandfather, Gary Rima, is the enthusiastic radio voice of Northern Iowa and one of Jalen's biggest fans.
If you've ever listened to a UNI football game on the radio, you've heard Gary Rima express his love for the Panthers with one of his favorite catch-phrases.Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2016 19:20