Denied medical hardship, Drew Ott thanks Iowa football fans

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Denied medical hardship, Drew Ott thanks Iowa football fans

Drew Ott thought he might have one final season left in Iowa City.

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The star defensive lineman suffered elbow and knee injuries last season, the latter of which ended his senior year, but he and the Hawkeyes were hoping the NCAA would grant a medical hardship waiver.

Ott and the Hawkeyes waited, and waited some more, until the NCAA finally announced Wednesday that the Nebraska native would not receive an extra year.

So, Ott will turn his sights to the 2016 NFL Draft, which runs April 28-30 in Chicago.

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Check out Ott’s Instagram note to Iowa fans above.

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We’ll miss Ott, both as a player and a personality. Did you know he is the two-time defending Solon hay bale toss champion? He also has an interesting diet.

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