Iowa Center Tyler Linderbaum Donates $30,000 of NIL Earnings To Iowa Children’s Hospital

by Quentin Blount

Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum is donating $30,000 of his earnings from NIL deals to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Tyler Linderbaum is currently in his third year with the Hawkeyes. He originally started his college career as a defensive lineman. However, in 2019, he switched to the offensive side of the ball and he has been starting at center ever since. Not only has he been starting, he has been dominating. As a matter of fact, ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay is projecting Linderbaum to go 16th overall in the 2022 NFL Draft.

With all of his success, NIL deals have been knocking at Linderbaum’s door. And instead of cashing in on all that money, he is deciding to donate a large chunk of it to the local children’s hospital. Tyler’s mom, Lisa Linderbaum, posted a photo on Twitter with her son holding a giant check outside of the hospital. As you can see, the check is in the amount of $30,000 and in the memo it says, “Support Our Kids”.

“He kinda did a thing. @UIchildrens,” Lisa Linderbaum wrote alongside the snap.

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The generous move from the Iowa offensive lineman has been making waves on social media.

“This honestly brings tears to my eyes,” one Iowa fan admitted. “My daughter has had multiple surgeries there and her sister lives in her Baum Squad hoodie. Thank you so much for being a great Hawkeye and role model! #FightForIowa”

“If he stuck around for one more year, I bet he could raise another $100K! Just kidding…Hawkeye Nation wishes him nothing but the best for his future and we were thrilled that he wore the black and gold. #UnnanimousAllAmerican”

Even Alex Bassuk, a pediatrician and neurologist at Stead Family Children’s Hospital, replied to thank Linderbaum for his incredible donation.

“On behalf of @UIchildrens thank you @TLinderbaum (and his amazing cousins) for your incredible generosity. We will make sure that these funds are used immediately to improve the lives of children and to develop new cures for pediatric disease! And… GO HAWKS!!!”

Tyler Linderbaum’s Donation is Just One of Two from Iowa in the Past Week

After tornadoes ripped through Kentucky last week, Iowa partnered with the University of Kentucky to assist in relief efforts.

“We are preparing to play Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl,” Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said on Monday. “But game-planning for a bowl is nothing compared to the challenge the victims of this weekend’s severe weather outbreak are facing now and long into the future.”

So, what did he do? He called up Kentucky’s head coach — who happens to be a former Hawkeye — and asked how his program could help.

“I called former Hawkeye Mark Stoops — the Wildcats’ head coach — and asked what the Hawkeyes could do to support those in need. He told me that Kentucky’s athletics department is raising money for victims through a telethon and an online fundraiser. Hawk fans are a passionate fan base. Let’s show them how compassionate we can be.”