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Hometown Heroes - Trevor Penning

Clear Lake, Iowa probably isn’t the first place that rolls off your tongue when naming hometowns of first-round NFL Draft picks. 

In fact, Clear Lake is probably more well known for its place in music history as the home of the Surf Ballroom, the site of Buddy Holly’s final concert in 1959.

But make no mistake, Clear Lake is the home to Teresa Penning and her family. And that clan includes the first-ever University of Northern Iowa football player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, Trevor Penning, who was taken 19th overall by New Orleans in 2022. 

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