Nile Kinnick

Football



About

Nile Clarke Kinnick, Jr. (July 9, 1918 – June 2, 1943 - (aged 24)) was a student and a college football player at the University of Iowa. He won the 1939 Heisman Trophy and was a consensus All-American. He died during a training flight while serving as a United States Navy aviator in World War II. Kinnick was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951, and the University of Iowa renamed its football stadium Kinnick Stadium in his honor in 1972.