Nile Kinnick, 1936

25th Thursday, 2011  |   Hall of Fame  |  2 comments

First Name: Nile

Last Name: Kinnick Jr.

Year Graduated: 1936

Biography: Nile Kinnick was the first Heisman Trophy winner (1939) and the first All-America football player from Omaha. A native of Adel, Iowa, Kinnick attended Benson for two years. He died in a plane crash in 1943 during World War II

Year Inducted: 1978


  1. Greg Mays
    Sep 22, 2016

    Didn’t Kinnick graduate from Benson in 1935?

    • webmaster
      Oct 18, 2017

      Nile Kinnick was a member of the 1936 graduating class.

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