Q&A: Julian Vandervelde, Iowa

So let’s start off. I have to ask, how did a starting guard on the Iowa football team get an opportunity to sing the national anthem for President Obama when he was campaigning in Iowa?

A good friend of mine from high school, who at the time was in charge of the campaign in Iowa, he and I both were in a musical production together. So he knew I could sing, and when the opportunity presented itself I immediately said yes. I was able to briefly meet the President and also get a photo opportunity. It was a great experience.

Not really. (laughs)

Another interesting story I have to ask about is your experience playing in the

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