Mike Riggan sat in his Muscatine, Iowa, office two weeks ago, watching news coverage of the tornado that ripped through Moore, and couldn't get the images out of his head.
“I thought about it, thought about it, laid up all night awake,” Riggan said. “The next day, I decided I had to do something.”
Riggan — president of TanTara Transportation, a trucking company that serves as the official carrier of Iowa Hawkeyes football — collected donations that filled two semitrailer trucks and delivered them Monday morning to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
One of the two trucks is the Iowa football team's current equipment transport. The other used to serve the Hawkeyes but has been retired.
“We pulled it out of the shop and got it fixed up strictly for this food drive,” Riggan said of the retired eighteen-wheeler.
Several days ago, Riggan called Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz with his idea. Ferentz called OU coach Bob Stoops to see if any Sooner football players might be available to help unload the trucks.
Oklahoma's football program has several strong connections to Iowa; Stoops, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell and defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery are all former Hawkeyes football players.
“It's really incredible that the people of Iowa have truckloads of stuff here to the Oklahoma food bank,” Stoops said. “Obviously, special to me.”
Riggan parked one of the trucks at a Hy-Vee grocery store in Davenport, Iowa, and the other at a car dealership in Muscatine. He also took one to Edward White Elementary in Eldridge, Iowa, and said a second-grade class “filled one of these trucks half full.”