VAUGHT: The Dakotah Tyler Story, Pt 2

When I came in his junior year, I heard all about him. I heard how big, fast and strong he was. My first question was why did he not play. It was a clean slate with me after I got the answers. He had not done anything for me to lose any trust in him.

When I came in his junior year, I heard all about him. I heard how big, fast and strong he was. My first question was why did he not play. It was a clean slate with me after I got the answers. He had not done anything for me to lose any trust in him. Forgive and forget. That's what I did. I know he made mistake and paid his dues and paid his retribution. He has been nothing but an exemplary student-athlete for me. Between the white lines, he was a different animal. He was extremely focused."

Tyler blames no one but himself for his problems his sophomore year. He had dreamed of one day playing in the National Football League for years and maybe lost track of what was most important to him.

"I kind of got lazy my freshman year and did not want to work out. I did some stupid stuff and started hanging out with the wrong people. When I didn't get to play football my sophomore year, I spent two or three hours a day at home working out in my basement," Tyler said. "Now I still wake up at 5:20 every morning and run and then go to weightlighting class and stay after school and lift and then do push-ups before I go to bed.

"Not playing that whole year did motivate me. If I had not done that, I would not be where am now if I had played and not been kicked off the team. In a weird way, it was one of the better things happened to me."

His new disciplined is not confined to the playing field, either. He's worked at Bob Evans for the last two years to make extra money and has no regrets about the lack of free time that left him.

"I just spend a lot of time doing other things that most people are not doing on weekends. I would work all day and after school. Then I love to work out a lot, too. I don't do as many social activities as most teen-agers. That's just how I need it to be to get to where I am trying to get," Tyler said.

Moyers says not to think that Tyler is not a typical 18-year-old youngster. He says he'll hang out with friends or play Playstation or X-box games in addition to working at Bob Evans, playing football and working out.


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