So, is much known about what motivations might have been in play that led to Jack Trice's injuries? . . . was it racial? . . .
I sent an email to Mike Chapman, the author/historian who participated in the video linked by the OP, asking about racial motivations. He replied:
"I did considerable research at the Iowa State Library Archives on the Trice incident. I went into the library thinking it was primarily racial and came away believing race had very little, if anything, to do with it. It was a fluke accident and several of Jack's ISU teammates felt the same way. The fact that he was the only black athlete on the field makes it all the more hard to believe it was simply a fluke, but there were reasons that could help explain it (Jack played all out, very hard, and may have overextended himself on that particular play). . . ."
BTW, Mike (in fairness, I should mention he and I are related) wrote a book that deals, in part, with Jack Trice's life and death. "Triumph and Tragedy: The Inspiring Stories of Football Legends Fred Becker, Jack Trice, Nile Kinnick and Johnny Bright."
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