Quite possibly the most decorated football player ever to wear an Indians’ uniform is 2003 HIS graduate, Todd Blythe. Although football was his passion, this talented student/athlete excelled in the classroom as well as other athletic arenas. During his high school career, Todd earned nine varsity letters as a member of the football, basketball and track & field teams. Academically, he was inducted into the National Honor Society his junior year and collected nine Academic All Conference awards for his outstanding achievement as a student/athlete. Undoubtedly, Todd’s strong academic commitment was greatly influenced by his parents, Jim and Cinda, both teachers at Indianola High School. Highlights of Todd’s athletic achievements while at HIS include:
Track – 4 time competitor at the state track meet as well as 3 years at the Drake Relays; Senior season placed in 3 events: 5th in 200 meter dash, 5th in 400 meter dash, 6th in high jump. Basketball – member of the 2001 Class 4A State Championship team as a sophomore; All Conference 1st team and All CIML Elite 2nd team as a senior.
Football – All Conference 2nd team as a sophomore and 1st team selection both junior and senior seasons; Class 4A First Team All State both as a junior and senior; Elite First Team All State his senior season; selected as the Iowa High School Football Player of the Year in Class 4A for 2002; finished his high school career with 150 receptions for 2,222 yards and 25 touchdowns.
In the spring of 2003, Todd committed his football future to coach Dan McCarney and embarked on what was to be a record breaking career as an Iowa State Cyclone. After a redshirt freshman year where he earned the Scout Team Player of the Year Award, Todd was eager to join his Cyclone team on the field in the rugged Big 12 conference. As a starter at wide receiver in 2004, Todd played his way to a spot on the Freshman All American team as well as earning the Cyclones Offensive Newcomer of the Year Award. Todd’s sophomore season became a test of resolve and determination. He had spent the previous spring and summer working to strengthen his surgically repaired knee; Todd rebounded with a breakout year. Todd was recognized as the national and Big 12 Conference player of the week for his performance against Texas A&M, received the Offensive Player of the Game Award in the Cyclones win at the Houston Bowl, was selected as Iowa State’s Offensive Player of the Year, and was named to the All Big 12 Conference 1st Team as a wide receiver accumulating exactly 1000 receiving yards. Todd was sidelined his Junior season for 3 games with mononucleosis, but one highlight of the season featured Todd on ESPN with the #1 play of the week with a game winning one-handed catch. In his final season at ISU, Todd was selected a Cyclone captain as well as being named the team’s Offensive MVP. The leadership he and his fellow seniors provided was crucial for facilitating a smooth transition with the departure of popular coach Dan McCarney prior to the 2007 season. As a 4 time All Big 12 Conference honoree, Todd currently holds 5 Cyclone all-time receiving records:
* Career Receiving Yards – 3,096 (3rd all-time in Big 12 Conference)
* Career Receptions – 176
* Career Touchdowns – 31 (3rd all-time in Big 12 Conference)
* Season Touchdowns – 9
* Single Game Touchdowns – 4
After graduating from Iowa State in 2008, Todd signed a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints but was released before the start of the regular season. Currently, Todd resides in central Iowa and continues to prepare for an opportunity to play professional football.