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Sept. 14, 2007

Brandon Routh and Jim Keane to be honored at Homecoming 2007

The University of Iowa Homecoming Council will welcome Iowa native Brandon Routh, star of "Superman Returns," as its honored guest for Homecoming 2007, whose theme is "Our Heroes are Hawkeyes." The council will also honor Iowa football alumnus Jim Keane as grand marshal for the Homecoming Parade.

Routh and Keane will both be featured in the parade, which begins at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 in downtown Iowa City.

Routh was born in Des Moines and raised in Norwalk, Iowa and attended the UI, where he studied English. He was active in theater before moving to Hollywood to pursue his dream of an acting career.

In "Superman Returns," Routh plays the title character in the latest chapter of the saga of one of the world's most beloved superheroes. Before being cast in "Superman Returns," Routh appeared on several TV programs including "One Life to Live," "Will and Grace" and the "Gilmore Girls."

Keane played for the Hawkeyes from 1941-1942 as wide receiver under assistant coach Nile Kinnick. Afterward, Keane joined the Navy during World War II and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1946. Keane played wide receiver for the Bears from 1946-1951 and played a season with the Green Bay Packers in 1952.

Keane still holds the individual record for the Bears for most receptions in a single game (14, in 1949).

The UI Homecoming Council has planned a full week of events building up to the Saturday, Sept. 29, football game against Indiana. For a full listing, see the UI Homecoming website at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kirsten Franzen, Homecoming Council, 319-335-3117,; Shelly Stout, Homecoming Council,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Brittany Korb