A statue of the namesake of Iowa’s football stadium is getting in some last-minute tuneups before the 2017 season.
The statue of Nile Kinnick was temporarily taken down outside Kinnick Stadium “so that needed repairs to both the statue and the base can be made,” the program announced. The statue was removed Monday and will be back in place by next Tuesday (Aug. 29). The Hawkeyes host Wyoming at Kinnick Stadium on Sept. 2 to open the 2017 campaign.
The Nile Kinnick statue has been removed temporarily so that repairs can be made. The statue is will be returned prior to the first game. pic.twitter.com/5CIMw73dNr
— The Iowa Hawkeyes (@TheIowaHawkeyes) August 21, 2017
Here’s what the vacancy looks like:
Kinnick, who played running back for the Hawkeyes, is Iowa’s lone Heisman Trophy winner. He won the award and many other accolades for an outstanding 1939 season. After his college career, Kinnick joined the Navy and was killed in a training exercise in 1943.
He was named Iowa’s best sports story in a poll conducted by Land of 10.
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