A Keokuk native, James Vandenberg was inducted into the IHSAA Football Hall of Fame

It’s been more than a decade since James Vandenberg took his last snap as a quarterback.

Vandenberg, a former University of Iowa starting quarterback, felt right at home at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls Friday night as he was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

The last time Vandenberg set foot on Sheriff Field, he was helping Keokuk High School lift the 2007 Class 3A state championship.

For Vandenberg, it was like going back in time.

“It was so much fun to be on a really good high school football team,” said Vandenberg, a financial adviser who lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife Bre and their two children. “It has been a real honor to work alongside my former Iowa teammate Pat Angerer. Pat was both a friend and a mentor to me. He was a big influence on me in college. I’m glad I got to spend my time in Iowa with him and now we can go into the Hall of Fame together. It’s a great honor.”

John Gaines/The Hawk Eye Iowa's Keokuk's James Vandenberg greets his parents Toby and Ann at the seniors' introduction before Friday's game against Nebraska at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.  It was Vandenberg's 23rd birthday.

More:James Vandenberg’s career at a glance

Vandenberg was one of the most prolific passers in the history of Iowa high school football. By the time he graduated, he held 12 different Iowa high school passing records, including career passing yards (7,709), touchdown passes (93), single-season passing yards (3,729 as a senior), and single- Season touchdown passes (49 as a senior). He ranked sixth all-time nationally for a season’s completion percentage (70 percent) and tenth nationally for career completion percentage (64.6 percent). Hw rushed for 1,325 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore, threw for 2,655 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior, and had just seven interceptions on 372 attempts as a senior.

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