Football is continuing to redefine its apex in popularity in America. In the last few years, we've seen several upstart football leagues like the Alliance of American Football birthed and the XFL start/restart before merging into the United Football League (UFL) as of this year.

This year, even Waterloo got their own football team, the Iowa Woo, one of four in the newly formed Arena League. Finally, at last, Dubuque is getting a football team of its own, and as of last week, the newly formed squad is now part of an official league headquartered in Pennsylvania.

The team is the Dubuque Miners, an adult semi-pro football team that has just announced it will join the Heartland Football Association (HFA) for its inaugural 2025 season. The Miners are set to play their home games at Clarke University's Historic Dalzell Field.

The Miners made their new league-announcement via press release on their website, and have been actively preparing their organization to begin play. They've been assembling a front office, a coaching staff, securing sponsors, and completing their first round of player tryouts.

Photo Credit: Dubuque Miners Football
Photo Credit: Dubuque Miners Football

The Miners are led by Board President Tony Hammel, Vice President Ken Johnson, and Head Coach Miquel Jackson, all of whom harboring a commitment to what they call the "Gold Standard:"

The Dubuque Miners Football Team was established to provide the community with high quality sports entertainment and to provide Athletes the opportunity to participate and compete at a Professional level.

We are dedicated to the advancement of the sport of football by way of volunteering on all levels ranging from youth programs, high-school, collegiate, and adult age programs in our community.

Through organized athletics we create a group of like minded individuals coming together for a common goal while also bringing together the local community to create, build, and support one another. - per the Dubuque Miners' official website

Photo Credit: Dubuque Miners Football
Photo Credit: Dubuque Miners Football

The Dubuque Miners have already worked hard at establishing a social footprint, with a website, a Facebook, X, and Instagram account all active and posting tryout information among other details.

If you're interested in being a part of new Dubuque football history, visit the Dubuque Miners' website and fill out the "Player Form." For further updates, be sure to follow the Miners on Facebook!

Views from the Hawkeyes/Badgers Football Game on 10-14-23

The Iowa Hawkeyes took on the Wisconsin Badgers on October 14th, 2023 in Madison, WI, and won by a score of 15-6 against a heavily favored home team.

Gallery Credit: Steve Pulaski

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