Alex Kube left a legacy as a top-flight athlete and sports trainer, along with one as a person who enjoyed life and wanted others to do the same.
Kube, a 2006 Cary-Grove graduate, died at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday at Rockford’s Mercyhealth Rockton Avenue Hospital. Winnebago County coroner Bill Hintz performed an autopsy Thursday but said the preliminary cause of death will need further studies.
A representative from the coroner’s office said Friday toxicology reports usually take about two weeks to get results.
Kube, 29, was a star football player at C-G and was the 2005 Northwest Herald Football Player of the Year. He became the first freshman in 31 years to lead Northern Illinois University’s defense in tackles and had a successful career with the Huskies.
After graduating from NIU, Kube had NFL tryouts with the Bears and Minnesota Vikings. He then started his own business, Elite 7, which trained young athletes and was highly regarded by local athletes for helping them reach their goals.
Kube was a standout running back and safety on C-G’s teams in 2004 and 2005. In 2004, the Trojans were Class 7A state runners-up to Libertyville.
“It wasn’t just his ability to play, he was such a great teammate to everybody and a hard worker,” former Trojans coach Bruce Kay said. “He was very serious about football and what he was doing. He was one of our big building blocks for the program. He was a difference-maker.”