Tyler Sash, who went on to play two NFL seasons with the New York Giants, died Tuesday at the age of 27. While the cause of death is yet to be determined, Sash was found dead by a family member, according to FOX News.
Sash was one of the greatest defensive backs in Iowa history, as he reeled in 13 interceptions and racked up 217 tackles in just three collegiate seasons. Tyler had a short NFL career after the G-Men selected him in the sixth round of the 2011 draft, but it was certainly eventful, as he won Super Bowl XLVI as a reserve.
The Giants released a statement on Sash’s death, via Paul Schwartzt:
“We were all deeply saddened today to hear of the passing of Tyler. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tyler’s family and friends and all the Hawkeyes he was so proud to represent.”
After news of Tyler Sash’s death went public, there was a great deal of reaction on Twitter from athletes who knew him, especially those who are part of the Hawkeye family. That included former Iowa running back Albert Young, who left for the NFL just before Sash made the leap to Iowa City:
“Sad to hear that my #HAWKEYE brother Tyler Sash has pass away. Rest at ease my man. RIP.”
Current Minnesota Vikings linebacker and former Iowa superstar Chad Greenway expressed his condolences as well:
“Sad to hear about a great Hawkeye passing today. RIP Tyler Sash.”
Even Georges Niang, who is a star basketball player at rival Iowa State, tweeted his support for the fallen Tyler Sash:
“Putting rivalry week aside! Sad to hear that Tyler Sash passed away! Left this earth far too soon! Rest easy brother! #9.”
The death of Tyler Sash is still under investigation, but no foul play is suspected. He was a beloved figure in the realm of Iowa football, and the team is likely to play with a heavy heart when it clashes with the rival Cyclones on Saturday.