Tyler Sash was an American football safety for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and the New York Giants, who was estimated to be worth about $5 million.
Yeah, was. Tyler died on the 8th day of September 2015. He was only 27 and was discovered dead at his Iowa home. Later, it emerged his death was caused by an accidental overdose of pain medications.
Born on May 27, 1988, Tyler Sash started playing football with the Iowa Hawkeyes where he had 13 career interceptions, five short of making a school record. With Iowa record for career interception return yards, this professional athlete made records after breaking records every year for the Hawkeyes.
In 2009 football season, Sash recorded six interceptions – two shy of the school record for interceptions in a season. This paved more ways for the return of his 86-yard touchdown against Indiana which ranks as fifth-longest interception return in school history.
Sash recorded three interceptions in the game against Iowa State in 2009. This was in his bid to earn another Hawkeye record and co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honours
His long interception abilities got him to the list of Lott Trophy watchlist in 2010. Considered among the best in 2010, he was selected in the sixth round of the NFL draft by New York Giants where be began a professional career. Tyler left his senior season to make himself available at the NFL event and was also a member of the Super Bowl XLVI Championship squad.
Tyler Sash Net Worth
Tyler Sash left behind an estimate of $5 million for his family. It’s known that a major bulk of his wealth came from his football career. After he left the Giants, Sash lived off what he had gathered from the career. According to his mum, he had multiple offers for better-paying and high-profile jobs. But, he couldn’t handle any of them as it was almost impossible for him to stay focused.
Oftentimes, it has been insinuated or assumed that Tyler Sash’s wealth enlarged after his death. This is not true. The suggestion is gleaned from the belief that Sash’s family is deserving of a compensation from the National Football League.
Before Sash’s death, NFL accepted court settlement with former players. The settlement was to compensate the players for severe neurological conditions.
However, Sash’s family didn’t get any compensation; they were not qualified to receive any payment. This is so because only families of players who died and were found to have suffered C.T.E. before the settlement was approved in April 2015 are eligible to get compensation.
Not long past, Tyler Sash’s girlfriend, Jessica VerSteeg stirred a controversy after she started a company that sells marijuana. According to the former Miss Iowa, she’s using Tyler’s name for the medical marijuana business in California because she wants to help others who are going through severe pain like Tyler did.
She said the footballer asked her to let him smoke marijuana and manage his pains. She refused him because she believed it was a bad thing.
However, Tyler’s family has asked Jessica to quit using his name in her business as they don’t want his legacy knotted to marijuana. It has been severally insinuated that Jessica is taking advantage of the dead. Many believe this because she and Tyler broke up before he died. Until his death, he was in a relationship with Heather Nicole Dickinson.
Tyler Sash’s family was passionate about football until the unfortunate series of incidents which led to Tyler’s death were all linked to him choosing football as his career. While his brother, Josh played in high school and even considered playing in college, Tyler’s father, Michael played in college.
Cause of Death and Autopsy
Two years earlier before his death, Sash was cut by the Giants after he suffered a concussion said to be his fifth. On account of that, he returned to Iowa where his family members observed that he was not alright. Apart from the fact that he increasingly exhibited surprising behaviour, he went through bouts of confusion and memory loss.
Tyler’s mum, Barnetta Sash believes her son’s unusual behavior was triggered by some strong prescription drugs he took for a football-related shoulder injury that needed surgery. She donated his brain for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E) test when he died.
After a while, Tyler Sash’s family was informed that C.T.E was diagnosed in his brain. It was found that the disease which can only be confirmed posthumously advanced to such degree that’s uncommon for someone his age.
Quick Facts about Tyler Sash
Full Name: Tyler Sash
Profession: NFL player
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Weight: 210 lb
Date of Birth: May 27, 1988
Place of Birth: Oskaloosa, Iowa
Education: University of Iowa
Marital status: Dating (Heather Nicole Dickinson)
Astrological sign: Gemini