Ex-Hawkeyes Josh Jackson, Miles Taylor raise $13,000 for UI children's hospital in Twitter auction

Aaron Young
Hawk Central

Former Iowa football players Josh Jackson and Miles Taylor held a Twitter auction over the weekend, with the highest bidder winning the apparel worn by the two Hawkeyes during the team's 55-24 stomping over then-No. 3 ranked Ohio State.

Where is the winning bidders' money going? To a really, really good cause.

Iowa's Josh Jackson grabs an interception during the Hawkeyes' game against Ohio State at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.

Both Jackson and Taylor tweeted Saturday that they would be auctioning off their jerseys, helmets and cleats from the game and donating the funds to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Jackson, who earned all-American honors last season, recorded three interceptions in the win vs. Ohio State. Experts have pegged the cornerback as a likely first-rounder in April's NFL Draft. 

“There is some concern about Jackson's deep speed,” NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah said, “but he has the best ball skills in the entire draft class.”

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Taylor announced Sunday that the auction has come to a close, with the final bid set at $13,000. He tweeted that the winner wanted to remain anonymous.

"Thank you everyone for wanting to make a difference for the kids!" Taylor's tweet concluded.

In December, more than $440,000 was raised for the children's hospital by three Des Moines moms who created "Hawkeye Wave" shirts.

And, prior to this year's Cy-Hawk men's basketball game, ex-Iowa and ISU stars Peter Jok and Georges Niang donated $1,000 to both the children's hospital and Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines.

The NFL Draft is April 26 to 28 and will be held at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.   

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