Sad news: Former Iowa Hawkeyes football player has died at…..

Cody Ince, 23, a former football player for the Iowa Hawkeyes, passed away.

The previous deserving mention An All-Big Ten offensive lineman who had to retire from football due to injuries was engaged to be married.

Cody Ince, a former offensive lineman for the University of Iowa who was engaged to be married after quitting sports, was discovered dead at age 23 at his Wisconsin home on July 15.

Although Ince’s obituary mentioned that he passed away “unexpectedly” at his Grantsburg home, the cause of his death was not disclosed. The people who survive Ince include his fiancée, Olivia Tucker, parents, Marty and Tammy, and sister, Carly. Ince received an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 2020.

A statement posted on the Iowa football Twitter page honored Ince, and it was written by longtime Hawkeye head coach Kirk Ferentz.

“The news of Cody Ince’s untimely death saddens me greatly,” Ferentz remarked. “Cody was an amazing young man who greatly contributed to our program and was a valued teammate.”

“He loved football, fishing and hunting, and believed in the importance of family and friendships,” he said. “Cody was about to get married and start this new chapter in his life.”

Throughout his career, Ince participated in 29 games—10 of which he started—from 2018 to 2021. According to The Athletic, injuries forced him to retire last year before he could start a possible NFL career.

“For his fiancée, his family, and all his friends who knew and loved him, Mary and I are heartbroken,” Ferentz remarked. “All of us in the football program — his coaches and teammates — are mourning his loss.”

Tyrone Tracy Jr., a wide receiver and Ince’s former Iowa teammate, paid tribute to his friend in a remark on Ince’s obituary page.

“I have had the honor of knowing and playing with Cody while I was at the University of Iowa,” he stated. “He was an incredible individual in addition to being a fantastic colleague! He was always laughing and smiling, but he took his work on the field seriously, and I really liked that about him.

“He used to make sure I had sunflower seeds or deer jerky whenever he brought it in.”

 

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