Former Iowa State Football Player, Hiawatha Rutland, Drowns in Ohio

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - Another former Iowa State football player gone too soon. Authorities in Cleveland, Ohio, confirm they found the body of Hiawatha Rutland in Lake Erie.

Rutland was visiting Whiskey Island in Cleveland from New York. Rutland was last seen trying to swim to shore from a private boat Sunday night at about 7:30 p.m.

The Coast Guard used air and boat crews to search for Rutland. They found his body Monday afternoon.

Rutland played at Iowa State from 2000 to 2003. He racked up more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage, and nine touchdowns before a knee injury cut his career short.

Rutland had worked as a school teacher in New York. Rutland is at least the eighth known Cyclone from the Dan McCarney era to have his life cut short. McCarney previously told us all the deaths steal his breath away.


  • val hernandez

    Met this amazing young man in New York’s Lower East Side about 5 years ago. Sweetest, smartest, funniest. Great teacher, Great Man. RIP Hiawatha

    • Justin

      I met him back in 2002, when he lived 4 doors down the hall on Kehlenbeck. He had a great sense of humor, and will be missed.

  • Chris Hernandez

    This man change my perspective of life,he was a kind, smart, man and just an over all good person. Im upset that they just showed football fotage and they didnt also show him as a great teacher he was… R.I.P. to a great man.

  • Ruby

    Mr.Rutland was a teacher at the high school I transfered to this February. He filles my new student days with laughter and smiles. I didnt have him as a teacher but many of my friends did. Everyones very sad to have lost such a good person, he inspired many of my fellow classmates and we all wish we had more time with him. R.I.P Gone but NEVER Forgotten.

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