Former Iowa, Bills OL Kyle Calloway Dies at Age 29 After Being Struck by Train

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 5, 2016

Buffalo Bills guard Kyle Calloway during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Washington Redskins, Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
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Former Iowa offensive lineman and Buffalo Bills draft pick Kyle Calloway died July 2 after being hit by a train while out for a run in Vail, Arizona. He was 29.

Tucson News Now reported the news, noting Calloway was not passing over the tracks at a designated crossing. Police said Calloway was jogging "on and off the tracks, when he was struck from behind by the westbound train."  

"Pedestrians—and anyone, actually—the only safe and legal place to cross the tracks is at a designated crossing," Justin Jacobs, a spokesman for Union Pacific Railroad, told Tucson News Now.

A three-year starter on the Iowa offensive line, Calloway earned All-Big Ten second-team honors in 2008 and 2009. The Buffalo Bills selected him in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL draft, but he did not make the 53-man roster. The Baltimore Ravens picked him up during the 2011 offseason and released him that August.

“We are all stunned and very saddened to hear of the tragic accident claiming the life of Kyle Calloway," said Iowa football head coach Kirk Ferentz, per the Hawkeyes' official Twitter account.

Former Iowa and NFL wide receiver Marvin McNutt passed along his thoughts:

Marvin McNutt @McNutt7wr

Deeply saddened to hear that my teammate Kyle Calloway has passed. Please send your prayers and love to his family and friends.

Union Pacific, rather than the Tucson police, will be investigating the incident.


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