Former Iowa offensive lineman and current Chicago Bear James Daniels returned to Iowa City on Saturday for a very special reason: to graduate from the university that propelled him to the NFL. He and others took to Twitter to mark the occasion — and make it special.
First, Daniels was looking for his jersey for a special reason, and a fellow Hawkeye reached out to make sure it went to good use.
We got your jersey as soon as you were drafted! I’m glad it is being put to good use. Awesome to meet you! pic.twitter.com/Q9IHvaTIx6
— ℒ (@SHLYD1A) May 11, 2019
The University of Iowa was there to capture the moment and offer its congratulations.
Hawkeye and @ChicagoBears James Daniels is out here making everyone proud. #UIgrad19 pic.twitter.com/PD9JE26h5j
— University of Iowa (@uiowa) May 12, 2019
2018 @ChicagoBears Draft Pick comes back to get his @uiowa degree! Congrats @jamsdans | #UIGrad19 pic.twitter.com/nyciCh3HZ8
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) May 11, 2019
Larry Mayer, a writer for the Chicago Bears website, offered his congratulations all the way from Chicago and Daniels’r new home.
Congrats to #Bears offensive lineman James Daniels on graduating from the University of Iowa! https://t.co/VpqlNATXLY
— Larry Mayer (@LarryMayer) May 11, 2019
Daniels, who was selected by the Bears in the 2018 NFL Draft following his junior season, used the occasion to mark his path from the University of Iowa to the NFL and back again.
Draft pick at 20.
College graduate at 21! @ Carver-Hawkeye Arena https://t.co/lGcLAqhKZu
— James Daniels (@jamsdans) May 11, 2019