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Tyler Jordan Sash (May 27, 1988 – September 8, 2015) was an American football safety for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Giants in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Tyler Sash
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Sash at Drake University in 2012.
No. 39
Personal information
Born:(1988-05-27)May 27, 1988
Oskaloosa, Iowa
Died:September 8, 2015(2015-09-08) (aged 27)
Oskaloosa, Iowa
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Oskaloosa (Iowa)
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 6 / Pick: 198
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Forced fumbles:1
Player stats at


College careerEdit

Sash played safety while with the Iowa Hawkeyes. He had 13 career interceptions for the Hawkeyes, which was five shy of the school record for career interceptions, originally set by Nile Kinnick from 1937–1939. He holds the Iowa record for career interception return yards with 392, a mark which also ranks fifth in Big Ten history.[1]

Sash was named to the 2010 preseason Lott Trophy watchlist, a trophy named in honor of former college and NFL Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott and presented annually to the college football defensive player of the year. He was also named to the 2010 preseason Bronko Nagurski watch list, awarded annually by the Football Writers Association of America to the nation's best defensive player.[2]

Professional careerEdit

On January 13, 2011, Sash decided to forgo his senior season to make himself eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft. He was selected in the sixth round by the New York Giants and was a member of the Super Bowl XLVI championship squad.[3] In July 2012, he was suspended for four games by the NFL after testing positive for Adderall, which is on the league's list of banned substances. Sash said in a statement that he took the drug legally and "under a doctor's care for an anxiety condition" to help him with public speaking.[4] Sash was cut from the New York Giants on August 31, 2013.

Personal life and deathEdit

On May 10, 2014, Sash was arrested for public intoxication and interference with public acts.[5]

On September 8, 2015, Sash was found dead in his Oskaloosa, Iowa, home around 8 a.m. local time. He was 27.[6] The autopsy report concluded that his death was caused by a mixture of drugs.[7] On January 26, 2016, five months after his death, Sash's family released the results of testing performed on his brain, confirming that he was suffering from stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by head injuries, at the time of his death.[8][9]


  1. ^ Rittenburg, Adam. "Big Ten rankings: No. 5, Tyler Sash". ESPN. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  2. ^ "Watch List". Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  3. ^ "2011 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  4. ^ Vacciano, Ralph (July 31, 2012). "Sash hit with four-game drug suspension". New York Daily News. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  5. ^ Garman, Andy (May 13, 2014). "Former Hawkeye player chased on scooter, Tazed". KCCI News. Retrieved May 13, 2014.
  6. ^ Reister, Scott (September 8, 2015). "Report: Former Hawkeye football player found dead". KCCI News. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  7. ^ Wells, Adam. "Tyler Sash's Autopsy Reveals Cause of Death to Be Accidental Mixed Drug Toxicity". Bleacher Report.
  8. ^ Pennington, Bill (January 26, 2016). "Former Giants Safety Found To Have C.T.E." New York Times. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  9. ^ Nathan, Alec (January 26, 2016). "Tyler Sash, Former NFL Player, Found to Have CTE in Postmortem Study". Bleacher Report.

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