Austin Ebertowski, a standout football and track athlete from Council Bluffs, has died at age 25.
Ebertowski won the Iowa Class 4-A 100-meter championship and starred on the football field for Abraham Lincoln High School. He was the Council Bluffs Nonpareil’s City Football Player of the Year in 2010.
He died in Reno, Nevada, where he was living, according to KMA radio.
Ebertowski played football for the University of Northern Iowa before transferring to Morningside College.
His mother shared the news in a Facebook post, describing it as a bad dream.
“I don’t know how to do this but I will for you! Austy I love you so much. ... I will forever cherish every wonderful memory you have given me thru the years! Until we meet again my sweet Angel!”
Ebertowski’s high school football coach described him as a good, hardworking kid.
Walter Olsen coached Ebertowski through youth and high school sports. Austin was the same age as Olsen’s own son, Alex.
“He was a good kid, a really good kid,” Olsen said. “He had a good heart and he worked, really, really hard.”
Ebertowski finished his senior year of high school with 39 touchdowns, tied for fourth in the history of Iowa’s Class 4-A. He also rushed for 2,078 yards, the most ever by an Abraham Lincoln player, while helping the Lynx to an unbeaten regular season and the first Missouri River Activities Conference championship in program history.
Tributes of grief, affection and admiration filled social media posts.
Ebertowski was also known for his 451-yard rushing game in 2008 against Sioux City East. The single-game total is the fifth most in Iowa state history.
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