A hard hitting safety from the New York Giants 2012 Super Bowl winning team has died at the age of 27. Former safety Tyler Sash’s passing was confirmed in a blog posting on Hawkeye Nation on September 8. Sash was discovered at his home in Oskaloosa, Iowa, by a family member who had come to walk his dog at 8 a.m. His cause of death is still unknown. An autopsy is scheduled for September 9. His funeral will be held on September 11 in Oskaloosa.
This is a breaking story so stay tuned for updates.
Here’s what we know so far:
1. Sash Was Last in the News in 2014 When He Was Tasered During His Public Drunkenness Arrest
He was last in the news in May 2014 when Sash was arrested for trying to evade cops while riding on a scooter, reported KCCI at the time. During that incident, he was shot by a taser. Sash was officially charged with public intoxication and interference with official acts. He refused a sobriety test at the scene of the crime. Sash pleaded guilty and paid a fine of $65.
2. He Got a Concussion En Route to Winning the Super Bowl in His First Professional Season
In 2011, Sash decided not to continue his college career at Iowa and joined the NFL draft. He was a sixth round pick for the New York Giants. In his first season, Sash was part of the Giants squad that defeated the Patriots at Super Bowl XLVI. En route to that victory, Sash suffered a concussion in the Giants overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers.
Prior to joining the Giants, Sash told KCRG that he believed NFL stood for “Not For Long.”
He was known in Iowa for having used his NFL money to start charitable efforts in his home state, notably, GBNB, which stands for “Get Better Not Bitter.” Even during his college years, his charitable efforts were profiled by the Oskaloosa Herald. Also mentioned in that piece is Sash’s faith, he told the paper “God has blessed me with the talent I have. I have found ways to exercise my faith through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on campus and on Thursdays, a number of us on the team meet for a Bible Study.” His obituary notes “Tyler was always positive and eager to seek what the Lord had planned for him.”
3. Sash Was Suspended by the NFL in 2012 for Using Adderall
His career with the Giants ended in August 2013 when he was cut from the roster. A year prior to that he had been suspended for four games by the NFL after Sash tested positive for Adderall. He later admitted to taking the drug but said he was doing so under a doctor’s supervision.
Sash said he suffered from an anxiety disorder related to public speaking, reported the New York Daily News at the time.
4. Sash Is Being Celebrated as a Legend in Twitter Tributes
Tributes are flooding into the player on Twitter. Sash’s last tweets were on September 5 and showed him to be extremely excited for the coming college football season. William Penn University head coach Todd Hafner said upon hearing about Sash’s death “More than shocking.He endeared himself by giving back. That’s what’s so hard about this.”
5. He Was Planning to Try Out for the NBA
Sash was a native of Oskaloosa, Iowa, and played for the University of Iowa and was regularly listed as one of the country’s best college defensive players. While he was there, he broke the record (which still stands today) for career interception return yards. The Hawkeye Nation post reporting on his death said that Sash was a multi sports star at Oskaloosa High School. On his Twitter page, Sash described himself as an “Entrepreneur” and a “Future NBA Hopeful.” According to his Facebook page, Sash was also working as a personal trainer. His college major was in Interdepartmental Studies. Sash’s brother, Josh, is the assistant basketball coach at Indian Hills Community College.