Austin Blythe is a native of Williamsburg, Iowa, and was a four-year standout on the Hawkeyes’ offensive line. He was named to Iowa’s Leadership Group for four straight years. Blythe earned first-team Freshman All-American honors from Scout.com in 2012 after starting nine games at right guard. He then earned All-Big 10 honorable mention recognition starting all 13 games at center in 2013. Austin was named second-team All-Big 10 by league coaches in 2014 and again in 2015 when he became one of three finalists for the 2015 Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I college football. Overall, he started 44 straight games over three years and had 48 career starts in preparation for a move to the NFL. Austin was selected by the Colts in the 2016 draft, playing in 8 games during his rookie season. In 2017 Austin went to the LA Rams, where he started every game in route to the Rams’ historic 2019 Super Bowl run. Austin signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2021, where he played for the 2021 AFC’s top seed in the playoffs. In 2022, Austin signed with the Seattle Seahawks, where he started at center and helped lead them to the playoffs. After the 2022 season, Austin announced his retirement from the NFL.