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Reese Morgan Hennings determined high school football coach trekked 800 miles from small-town Iowa to the Air Force Academy in March 1984 armed with game films of his star player at Benton of Van Horne Hennings had his heart set on playing football for Air Force and Morgan wanted to make the dream happen by showing the academy in person what Hennings had to offer That westward journey on Interstate 80 paved the way for Hennings to develop into a college football all-American pilot Persian Gulf War veteran and a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys Today Hennings becomes the 169th person inducted into the Des Moines Sunday Registers Iowa Sports Hall of Fame Hennings speaks around the country to promote the Air Force telling his unique life story - a tale few could dream up I owe a lot to coach Reese Morgan his commitment to me and his dedication Hennings said I was the last recruit Air Force brought in that year I really think an act of God got me in there Hennings spent his childhood on a farm in Elberon Ia where he developed a love for sports - particularly football He played on the Benton of Van Horne varsity football team for three seasons as a tight end defensive end defensive lineman and punter Military life intrigued Hennings too so - with the help of Morgan now the football recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach at the University of Iowa - he fulfilled two goals by attending the Air Force Academy Hennings was recruited as a tight end after winning a heavyweight championship at the state wrestling tournament his senior year of high school Their interest level prior to my visit was moderate at best Morgan said Once they watched the tapes they became very interested in him I knew he could be a good
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