ISU Mourns Death of Stevie Hicks
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State football family and the University community are mourning the loss of former ISU tailback Stevie Hicks. Hicks, 25, died Friday after police found him lying on Interstate 480 in Omaha, Neb. No further details were available.
The only ISU player to lead the Cyclones in rushing four times, Hicks is the seventh-leading career yard-gainer in Iowa State history. The former Omaha Creighton Prep star rushed for 2,601 yards on 649 carries as a Cyclone from 2003-2006, despite battling injuries throughout his ISU career. His biggest year was 2004, when he rushed for 1,062 yards.
Former ISU head football coach Dan McCarney, Hicks’ coach as a Cyclone, said he is deeply shocked and saddened.
“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to Stevie's family,” McCarney said. “Stevie had the biggest smile. He was a tremendous competitor and he leaves behind a great legacy of memories, achievements and respect from his coaches, teammates and fans.”
Hicks’ first career touchdown came at Baylor in the final seconds of a 26-25 victory in a 2004 season that saw Iowa State win four of its last five games to earn a share of the Big 12 Conference North Division championship. Hicks had 10 career 100-yard games, the biggest coming with a career-high 159 yards on 27 carries and a TD in Iowa State’s 17-13 win over Miami of Ohio in the 2004 Independence Bowl.
Former Iowa State quarterback Bret Meyer was stunned by the news of Hicks’ death.
“I was talking with former teammates tonight and we all remember Stevie as a guy who was always in a good mood,” former Iowa State quarterback Bret Meyer said. “You could count on him as a teammate to keep the mood light. He was a part of our football family. I just can’t believe it.”
Iowa State's all-time leading receiver, Todd Blythe has fond memories of his former teammate.
"Stevie was a great friend and a great teammate," Blythe said. "He worked hard. After a big run, he wouldn't say much but he had this giggle that I will always remember."
Service arrangements are pending.