Super Bowl Champion Tyler Sash Dies at 27

Tyler Sash Dead: New York Giants
Courtesy of New York Giants

Tyler Sash, a former Iowa Hawkeyes and New York Giants safety, has died, the Iowa state medical examiner’s office confirmed to Variety. He was 27.

Sash was found unresponsive in his home in Oskaloosa, Iowa on Tuesday morning, according to ESPN. The cause of death is under investigation, but no foul play is suspected.

An official said an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Sash was drafted by the New York Giants in the sixth round and went on to win a Super Bowl with the team against the New England Patriots in 2012. He was suspended for the first few games of that season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy and was cut by the Giants before the 2013 season.

Sash played safety for the University of Iowa’s Hawkeyes before going pro. He left school after his junior season.

Iowa’s coach, Kirk Ferentz, addressed Sash’s death in a statement released through the university.

“We are all very saddened to hear about the untimely loss of Tyler,” Ferentz said. “It is always so difficult when it involves someone this young. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Tyler’s family during this extremely difficult time.”

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  1. srvwp2013 says:

    It remains to be seen what the autopsy report shows as the cause of Tyler’s death. That being said, this seems to be another piece of evidence in the ever-growing indictment being put together against anything having to do with the National Football League. The League is a death trap for young men. Those who hope to play, those who have played and those currently playing are basically playing Russian Roulette. The game is obviously a detriment to players’ health. Even the League concedes that its smartest poisition players — the Quarterbacks on whom the whole game revolves and depends are too valuable to sustain head injuries and other bodily injuries. It is hands off the smartest guy on the field. So the League indicts itself. Why this barbarian “game” is still being played now in 2015 for yet another Season, here in the early 21st Century is well beyond me. The League and the game should be shut down by Congress and the President and eliminated at all levels from the United States of America.

    • Michael Anthony says:

      You acknowledge that there is no autopsy report yet, so it remains to be seen as to cause of death. So how can you say “this seems to be another piece of evidence in the ever growing indictment……”.

      While its doubtful that anyone would deny how dangerous football is, you cannot link this to other cases where football probably played a role in their deaths. As tragic as it is, young people do die if natural causes and accidents. Wait for information before you make sweeping accusations.

  2. Sanman1 says:

    My brother Tony Brno was a Fireman in Whitestone Queens who used to drive the chief to the fires & on 9/11 he over sleep. The chief & the fireman who drove the chief to the WTC died when part of the Trade Center fell on their car. My brother went to the WTC every day looking for the chief but never found him. He started drinking every time 9/11 came around. He was forced to retire the following year with 20 years on the job. He passed away September 2, 2012. he was 60 years old. I remember taking him & our sister Chrissie to the Bronx Zoo when they were little kids.

  3. Sanman1 says:

    That old demon drugs killed my my cousin David & my sister Chrissie (30 years after she quit her kidneys shut down) & my good friend Ray Sharky (sharing needles gave him aides).

    • Sanman1 says:

      I misspelled Ray’s last name. It’s Ray Sharkey & he was a good guy & he died June 11, 1993. I miss him & I miss my late sister Chrissie who died December 2, 2014.

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