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.

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Iowa C Tyler Linderbaum enters NFL draft

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.

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