Nile Kinnick

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Birthday
9, 1918
Birthplace
Adel, IA
Death Date
Jun 2, 1943 (24)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
9, 1918
Birthplace
Adel, IA
Death Date
Jun 2, 1943 (24)

About

Halfback who won the 1939 Heisman Trophy as a member of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. He tragically died while training to become a U.S. Navy aviator in World War II and in his honor, the University of Iowa named its football stadium after him.

Before Fame

He starred in both basketball and football at Adel High School.

Trivia

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.

Family Life

He was the son of Nile and Francis Kinnick and he was raised with two brothers, Ben and George.

Associated With

He beat out Joe Louis and other greats for the 1939 Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year award.