Former Iowa offensive lineman Kyle Calloway was killed on Saturday after being struck by a train while jogging near railroad tracks in Tucson, Ariz., according to a report from the Cedar Rapids Gazette’s Scott Dochterman. He was 29 years old.
According to the Tucson Police Department, Calloway was jogging westbound on and off the tracks and was hit from behind by a train heading westbound.
“That was what he did for exercise,” Kyle’s father Ed Calloway said, according to Dochterman. “He liked to run and it had rained the day before and the area where he ran was muddy, and so he was going back and forth across the tracks to get out of the mud.”
Calloway started in 37 games for Iowa from 2007-09 and was a member of Iowa’s 2009 team that finished 11-2 and won the Orange Bowl. He was named second-team All-Big Ten in 2008 and 2009 and was drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz mourned the loss of his former player in a statement Tuesday evening.
“We are all stunned and very saddened to hear of the tragic accident claiming the life of Kyle Calloway." – Coach Ferentz
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