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Member of 1939 Iowa Football Team Dies

George “Red” Frye, a fullback on the famous 1939 Iowa football team has passed away.

He was 91.

A native of Albia, Iowa, Frye was a Hawkeye football player from 1939-41. After his Iowa career, he served as a pilot in World War II.

Frye is forever immortalized in the relief sculpture at the South Entrance of Kinnick Stadium. Wearing No. 19, he is Nile Kinnick’s lead blocker in the sculpture. The 1939 “Ironman” squad finished 6-1-1 and Kinnick earned the Heisman Trophy — the only Hawkeye to ever receive the honor.

The former Hawkeye’s death leaves only one remaining survivor from the 1939 team. Henry Vollenweider, currently 89, was a sophomore on the famous Iowa squad.