Fans of the New York Giants are in mourning, as Tyler Sash has died. The Super Bowl champion who helped the Giants beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI was found dead on Sept. 8. He was just 27 — so young!
How very sad. New York Giants fans are feeling mighty blue today. Tyler Sash, the 27-year-old player who helped the Big Blue Wrecking Crew bring home championship gold, has died. The young man, who was considered a great teammate by some, was found dead in his Iowa home.
Tyler’s death was reported by KCCI in Iowa on Sept. 8, according to the New York Post. A family member had swung by Tyler’s place to walk his dog. The cause of death is currently unknown at the time and Tyler wasn’t known for having any health problems.
A native of Iowa, Tyler played for Oskaloosa High School as a multi sport athlete, before enrolling at the University of Iowa. Tyler played as a Safety for the Iowa Hawkeyes and was a sixth-round draft pick in 2011. While at Iowa, he had 13 career interceptions, five shy of the school record. In 2011, he decided to forgo his senior season, making himself eligible for the NFL Draft. He was picked up by the Giants played with them from 2011 to 2012. He was part of the Giants team that defeated Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, 21-17.
In 2012, the NFL suspended Tyler for four games after testing positive for Adderall, a banded substance. In a statement, Tyler said that he took the drug legally and “under a doctor’s care for an anxiety condition” to help him with public speaking. Unfortunately, Tyler was cut from the Giants on Aug. 31, 2013.
Even after he left the school, Tyler was an avid supporter of the University of Iowa and its college football team. He even reportedly tweeted he was watching an Iowa game on Sept. 5, the Saturday before he was found dead. Several former Iowa players reportedly shared their condolences and sadness over the loss, reports NBC News, calling Tyler a great teammate.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tyler’s family, friends and former teammates during their time of loss.
— Jason Brow