Tyler Sash

Tyler Sash

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Sash at Drake University in 2012.
No. 39
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-05-27)May 27, 1988
Place of birth: Oskaloosa, Iowa
Date of death: September 8, 2015(2015-09-08) (aged 27)
Place of death: Oskaloosa, Iowa
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: Iowa
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 6 / Pick: 198
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 25
Forced fumbles: 1
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Tyler 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.

College career

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 recorded six interceptions in the 2009 football season, two shy of the school record for interceptions in a season. His 86-yard touchdown return against Indiana ranks as fifth longest interception return in school history. Against Iowa State in 2009, Sash recorded three interceptions in the game to earn another Hawkeye record and co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors.[2]

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.[3]

Professional career

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. 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 Giants on August 31, 2013.

Personal life and death

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, at the time of his death.[8][9]


  1. Rittenburg, Adam. "Big Ten rankings: No. 5, Tyler Sash". ESPN. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  2. "Iowa's Sash Named Big Ten Defensive Player of Week". KCRG. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  3. "Watch List". touchdownclub.com. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  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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