Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of Tyler Sash’s tragic death.
The former Iowa safety was found dead at age 27 of an accidental overdose of pain medications. He was later found to have had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., following at least five concussions during his football career.
Sash left a lasting impact on the Iowa community both during and after his career with the Hawkeyes, which lasted from 2007-10.
He started 37 games and was named first team All-Big Ten in 2009 and 2010. He ranks fifth in career interceptions at Iowa with 13 and set a school record with three picks against Iowa State in 2009.
Sash was selected in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, and won a Super Bowl in his rookie season.
Many took to social media Thursday to remember the Hawkeye great.
It's been one year since Tyler Sash's death.
Great person. Great player.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 8, 2016
— Zatchbox 20 (@ZachIsADouche) September 8, 2016
— Des Moines Register (@DMRegister) September 8, 2016
— Joey (@AGuyNamedJoey) September 8, 2016
Tyler Sash 1 year ago. #RIP
— Katie Jo (@KatieJo512) September 8, 2016
Can't believe it's been a year since Tyler Sash passed. He was one of my favorite Hawkeyes. That was a rough day. ???????
— Babs (@BabsN19) September 8, 2016
— Derek Sondag (@dsondag) September 8, 2016
Crazy that it's already been a year since @TSash passed away. Let's get a hate week win for you Ty ☝?️?
— Callie Shearer (@callie7ann) September 8, 2016