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After being selected in Thursday's NFL Draft, both T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant got a special message from back home in Iowa City. 

Kids from the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital offered their congratulations in clips that played on ESPN after each player was picked. The hospital has gained national recognition in the last two year for the Iowa Wave, which quickly spread throughout college football and became a Kinnick Stadium tradition.

You can watch the clips below.

Dargan Southard covers Iowa and UNI athletics, recruiting and preps for the Des Moines Register, HawkCentral.com and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Email him at msouthard@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.