The Huskers and Hawkeyes will do more than compete Friday.
The teams also will honor extraordinary acts by these two everyday citizens of Nebraska and Iowa.
Hy-Vee, the game's corporate sponsor, will make a donation to the American Red Cross in each state.
It's why they call it the Heroes Game.
Read the heroes' complete stories here:
Iowa's hero — Gary Launderville
Nebraska's hero — Kathy Griess
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VIDEO: Fan reaction to the Heroes Game