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Jack Trice & Nile Kinnick
Each year thousands of Iowans come together to enjoy a game football at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames and Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, many of which, are unfamiliar with the players these famous stadiums are named after. The University of Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones each named their football stadiums in honor of local heroes.
The Iowa Hawkeyes for Heisman Trophy winning halfback, Nile Kinnick, who gave his life for his country in World War II.
The Iowa State Cyclones for Jack Trice, a star tackle on the Iowa States college football team and pioneer as only the second African-American to compete in college football.
Nile Kinnick was an All American and names the nation’s top football player after winning the prestigious Heisman Trophy in 1939. Following the trophy ceremony the Boston Post printed “The world will be ok as long as it produces Nile Kinnicks. The football part is incidental.” Kinnick was killed on a Navy training flight in 1943. Kinnick was 24 years old.
Jack Trice died as a result of injuries suffered in a game against Minnesota. Trice was injured when “most of the Minnesota team piled on top of him in an off-tackle play”. In addition to being a star football player, Trice excelled in Track & Field as well as in the classroom.
The Iowa State University Campus closed campus two days after Trice’s death as nearly 4,000 attended his funeral. Trice was only 21 years old.