Jack Trice was Iowa State University’s first black football player in 1923 who died of injuries suffered in his first major game against Minnesota. Iowa State’s current football stadium was eventually named after him and it remains the only major college stadium named after a black player.
When I started Kagavi in 2012, I was surprised to find how many aspects of his life were still unknown. My groundbreaking research has confirmed his long-lost jersey number as 37, unearthed the only original ISU game photo of him, and the only known existing 1923 ISU football jersey.
The stories below are a mixture of research discoveries and Iowa State branding analysis using his legacy as a guidepost. Below are all stories listed in chronological order.
- More stories to come.