In today’s day and age of college football, the new NIL rules allow players to finally make some money off their name, image, and likeness.
Student-athletes now have the opportunity make the big bucks, and depending on your level of starpower and fame, we’re talking about millions of dollars.
However, for one college football player, he’s using the new NIL rules to make a real difference… not buy a new truck.
One of the best traditions in college football belongs at the University of Iowa, where fans all look towards the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and wave to all of the kids who are currently in there.
Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum initially didn’t think too much about it., and when HawkFanatic.com asked him about college athletes being able to make money of their NIL, he responded:
“It’s not something I’m focused on. As NIL goes, you learn more about it. But it’s not something I’m interested in yet.”
Coach Kirk Ferentz agreed:
“He’s totally unaffected by that. With all due respect to the NIL he could care less. He’s just not interested in that.
He’s focused on what he does and what he’s trying to be good at. And that doesn’t mean you can’t do both, I’m not suggesting that. But that’s just how he thinks.”
However, his family was able to use his name, image and likeness to sell t-shirts and in doing do, raise a ton of money for children’s hospital…. 30K to be exact.
He donated $30,000 to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, where his mother Lisa shared a pic of him outside the hospital with a big check.
Talk about a selfless individual, giving back to children who are going through an extremely difficult time.
Linderbaum is projected to be a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft, so something tells me he might have a whole lot more money to share real soon.