Iowa LB Jack Campbell’s grandfather was killed in an accident before the Music City Bowl

Iowa All-American Jack Campbell played at the Music City Bowl without knowing that his grandfather had died tragically in a pedestrian accident the night before.

Jack Campbell led Iowa’s defense in a dominant showing against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl on Saturday. He led all players with 10 tackles, and had two tackles for loss including a sack.

He was an amazing performer in what was likely his last game with the Hawkeyes before making the move to the NFL. Unfortunately, his grandfather could not see him.

William Smith Jr., Campbell’s 76-year-old grandfather, was killed in a pedestrian accident Friday night in Nashville when he was hit by a hotel shuttle bus, According to the state of Tennessee. Apparently, he didn’t hear a warning from a loved one before stepping out into the street. No charges are expected to be filed in what appears to be a truly accidental death.

Iowa LB Jack Campbell’s grandfather died tragically just before the Music City Bowl

“Our thoughts are with Jack and his entire family as they mourn the tragic death of their grandfather and father, William Smith Jr,” Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said in a statement. “We know Mr. Smith was a strong influence on his grandson and a loyal supporter of Hawkeye football. All of us – players, coaches and staff – will keep the Campbell family in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”

According to Iowa’s release, Campbell’s parents decided not to inform him of a death before Saturday’s bowl game. He played without knowing the tragedy that befell his family.

It is an unimaginable situation. There would never be a good time for Campbell to be informed that his grandfather had died during the cruise of the vessel.

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