Remembering Nile Kinnick: An American Hero

Posted by Dean Hybl on August-30-2009 Add Comments

In preparation for the start of college football season, we recognize as the Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Week, a former Heisman Trophy winner who was more than just a football hero—he was an American Hero.

It was 70 years ago that Nile Kinnick Jr. led the Iowa Hawkeyes to an improbable run into the national top 10.

A talented all-around athlete, Kinnick had been a Junior Legion baseball teammate of Bob Feller. He also excelled in both basketball and football, first at Adel High School in his hometown and then, after the family moved to Omaha following his sophomore year, at Benson High School.

Choosing to return to his home state and attend ...

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