The Ultimate Competitor: How Ravens’ Tyler Linderbaum balanced standout four-sport high school career while becoming an elite lineman

It was the summer of 2018, and Tyler Linderbaum had just completed his daily assignments for the University of Iowa’s summer program.

 He drove roughly 20 minutes from Iowa City to Solon (Iowa) High School. Shortly after that journey, he put on a pair of batting gloves.

While he was a freshman lineman for the Hawkeyes, he was also moonlighting as a first baseman and pitcher for the Solon High baseball team.

In Iowa, baseball is played in the summer, so Linderbaum had a choice: he could focus solely on his college football career and skip his senior baseball season

Ever the competitor, Linderbaum, chose Option B, which didn’t surprise any of his many high school coaches.

“He wasn’t going to pass that up,” said Keith McSweeney, Linderbaum’s high school baseball coach. 

“We were just lucky that he committed to Iowa, and he didn’t commit to Minnesota or one of the other programs that he had an offer to,

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