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Former NIACC and Hawkeye football player Marshall Yanda to retire

This news story was published on March 10, 2020.
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – A man who grew up in Iowa, played for NIACC and the Iowa Hawkeyes and later found himself a Pro Bowler in the NFL is hanging up his cleats.

Marshall Yanda, 35, is retiring from the NFL after 13 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. He played at NIACC in 2003-04 and in 2016 was selected to the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame.  After NIACC, Yanda played two years at the University of Iowa, earning second-team all-Big Ten honors as a senior.

“My dream when I was young was to play for the Hawkeyes,” Yanda, said in a 2016 interview for the University of Iowa. “I wanted to do that, but I strayed in high school. I worked hard, but I didn’t take the classroom seriously. So when I wanted to go to Iowa, my grades weren’t in order and I was behind, and I had to go the junior college route.”

Yanda was drafted in the third round (86th overall pick) by the Ravens in the 2007 NFL Draft and was selected to the Pro Bowl in eight of the past nine seasons (2017 injury).

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