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Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum enters NFL draft

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Iowa junior center Tyler Linderbaum battles Illinois junior defensive lineman Calvin Avery during a drive in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.20211120 Iowavsillinois
Iowa junior center Tyler Linderbaum battles Illinois junior defensive lineman Calvin Avery during a drive in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.20211120 Iowavsillinois

All-America center Tyler Linderbaum of Iowa declared for the NFL draft on Friday.

He won the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the best center in the nation, in 2021 and is a likely first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

“These last four years have been nothing short of amazing,” Linderbaum wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. “Being able to play the game I love with the best teammates and coaches in front of the best fan base in the world has been a dream come true. I will forever be thankful for all the love and support I have received over the last four years and truly could not imagine my time anywhere else.”

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Linderbaum made news last month when he donated all of the $30,000 he earned in NIL (name, image and likeness) funds to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, which overlooks the Hawkeyes’ home field, Kinnick Stadium.

–FIeld Level Media