(Tabor) -- Each weekday since August 1st, KMA Sports has been announcing the inaugural KMA Sports Hall of Fame class. Throughout the 2016-17 sports year, these 20 inductees will have special induction ceremonies, but August was designed for the announcements.
Our final inductee is arguably the greatest 8-Man football player the state of Iowa has ever seen. Fremont-Mills' Nate Meier is the youngest member of our inaugural class, but his impact and influence on the area was so big that we couldn't wait to induct him.
In just three seasons playing 8-Man, Meier scored 100 career touchdowns, accounted for 662 points, ran for 4,765 yards and led the Knights to their only state football championship. In 2011, Meier's 2,494 rushing yards ranked as the fourth-most in state history, while his 61 touchdowns tied the best mark and his 412 total points shattered the state record.
Even while his individual accomplishments were off the charts, Meier says he will never forget the fun and success he and his teammates had at Fremont-Mills.
"We had a great coaching staff and a great bunch of dudes," he said. "There was a lot of talent on the team. We had a lot of fun my senior year."
Meier and his teammates grew up eating, breathing and sleeping football. So, when it came time to actually play it, they were unstoppable. In their state championship year of 2011, they outscored their opponents by an average of 52 points over 13 games, culminating with an 81-0 state final win over Murray.
"The group of guys I played with played in Glenwood when we were like 8 or 9," Meier said. "We played little league, junior high and all the way through high school together. We had good chemistry. We had hard work and dedication, with everyone having one goal to win state. And that's what we did."
Meier went on to play defensive end at the University of Iowa, where he led the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten Championship game and Rose Bowl in his senior season.
"That was an awesome experience," Meier said. "It didn't go the way we wanted it, but we had a great time going out to California. It was kind of disappointing, but we got to hang our hat on a great season."
For all of this, Meier will be inducted into the inaugural class of the KMA Sports Hall of Fame at a later date to be determined.
The complete list of our first KMA Sports Hall of Fame class can be viewed below. Click the links to navigate through our stories on each inductee:
Football: Nate Meier (Induction: TBA)