Nile Kinnick Museum Proposed in Legend’s Hometown

Nile Kinnick already has a stadium named after him. Soon there could also be a

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museum in his honor.

A group of citizens in Adel, Iowa — Kinnick’s hometown for the first 17 years of his life — have created a committee to propose the construction of the Nile Kinnick Museum, according to an article in the Dallas County News.

The museum would house the Kinnick archives and serve as a way to honor the accomplishments of Adel’s most famous citizen.

The leader of the Hawkeyes legendary 1939 “IronMen” squad, Kinnick guided Iowa to a 6-1-1 record and earned consensus first team All-America accolades in the process. He won every major award collegiate football had to offer, including the Heisman Trophy — becoming the only Hawkeye to ever receive college football’s highest honor.

Recently, the Hawkeye legend was recognized by The Big Ten Network as the No. 7 most iconic athlete in Big Ten history on the station’s television show, “Big Ten Icons.”

An architect has provided the preliminary designs for the museum to be built along with the already existing Adel Historical Museum.

“The idea of a museum to honor the life and achievements of Nile Kinnick is one that I expect the community will embrace with enthusiasm,” Adel Mayor Jim Peters said in the article.


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