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Linderbaum selected for U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Solon football standout honored with assembly presentation
Tyler Linderbaum models his Army All-American jersey while his parents Lisa and Todd Linderbaum display their Dream Champion Award, presented them by American Family Insurance agent Erik Mickalson (right) during a special assembly Oct. 27 at the Solon Center for the Arts auditorium. (photo by Tiana Alexander)

SOLON– The crowd roared.
U.S. Army SSG China Lee had announced Solon lineman Tyler Linderbaum’s selection to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to a crowd of family, friends and students during a special presentation in the Solon Center for the Arts auditorium Friday afternoon, Oct. 27.
Linderbaum, seated at a front dais with his parents and Solon Head Football Coach Kevin Miller, rose to the cheers of the audience, and the added fervor of thunderous music provided by the Solon High School Marching Spartans, to display and don an official jersey.
“First, I’d like to start out by thanking my parents, Todd and Lisa, my brother Logan and all my family and friends for their support,” said the Solon senior, who has committed to play collegiate football for the Iowa Hawkeyes. “To all my teachers, coaches who have pushed me to my best, and making me a better student athlete, but most importantly a better person.
“I’m very humbled and honored to receive this opportunity to represent my school, team and community,” he continued. “And lastly, I would thank the Army Bowl representatives, and American Family Insurance for this prestigious honor to represent them in this year’s all-star football game. Thank you.
“Go Spartans. Let’s beat Decorah.”
Which the Solon varsity football team proceeded to do later that evening in a Class 3A first round playoff game, advancing to the quarterfinals with a 34-2 win over the Vikings.
Linderbaum has been a big part of the success for the 10-0 Spartans, but being named as a 2018 U.S. Army All-American puts him in an elite class.
He will be one of the nation’s top-100 high school football players in the annual East vs. West matchup on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Presented by American Family Insurance will be nationally televised live on NBC at 12 p.m. (CST).
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl consistently draws an annual crowd upwards of 40,000 to the Alamodome and is the most-watched high school sporting event of each year, with 5.1-million viewers tuning in to last year’s broadcast, according to the event’s organizers.
“To be an Army All-American takes drive, determination, and discipline, but also, a strong character that embodies the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “Tyler has demonstrated that he is disciplined both on and off the football field, and the U.S. Army is honored to welcome him to this year’s elite U.S. Army All-American Bowl team.”
Linderbaum was selected by the All-American Bowl Selection Committee, and becomes eligible for the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award, the Anthony Muñoz Lineman of the Year Award, the American Family Insurance Defensive Player of the Year Award, the Lockheed Martin Defensive Back of the Year Award, the Pete Dawkins MVP Award, and the Felix “Doc” Blanchard and Glenn Davis Awards.
“It’s been my pleasure, and I speak on behalf of our entire staff, when I say that Tyler is truly a special player,” Coach Miller said. “We’ve had the honor and privilege of coaching a lot of special players here at Solon High School and Tyler certainly ranks up their in the elite group.
What separates Tyler from other players, Miller continued, is his ability to word hard, play tough, and most importantly play with great effort.
“Tyler gives 100 percent effort on every single play, and that’s hard to do,” Miller said. “This man here plays every snap like it’s his last snap, and that’s what makes him special.”
As a result of Linderbaum being selected as a U.S. Army All-American, Miller is invited to travel to San Antonio to attend the U.S. Army Coaches Academy, an elite three-day learning experience, and participate in Bowl Week activities.
Tyler’s parents, Todd and Lisa Linderbaum, were also honored by American Family Insurance agent Erik Mickalson with a Dream Champion Award.
“Whether you’re an athlete, band member or cheerleader, your future is bright when your dreams are worth pursuing,” Mickalson said. “And with the right support, any dream is possible.”
In presenting the award, Mickalson said Tyler had identified his parents as someone who had believed in him and inspired him in pursuit of his dreams.
For 18 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school all-star event and football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Odell Beckham Jr., Andrew Luck, Eric Berry, Tim Tebow, and Sam Darnold are just some who made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. A total of 351 U.S. Army All-American alumni have been selected in NFL Drafts. Last year’s Bowl drew an all-time record crowd of 40,568 to the Alamodome.
For more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and its related events visit usarmyallamericanbowl.com, goarmy.com/events/aab, and allamericangames.com. Connect with all #ArmyBowl activity at fb.com/ArmyAllAmerican, or at the official Twitter (@ArmyAllAmerican) and Instagram (@armyallamericanbowl) accounts.