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Bear Tracks - Tyler Morrow

posted Apr 18, 2013, 8:24 AM by Tahoma Football

In our weekly "Bear Tracks" feature, we catch up with a Tahoma Football alumnus and find out what they are doing after graduation.

In the fall of 2000, Tyler Morrow was a senior inside linebacker for a Tahoma team that went 12-2 overall, 7-1 in league, won the SPSL North title, and advanced to the state quarterfinals. During that championship season, Tyler and the rest of the Tahoma defense held opponents to only 11.6 points per game and 117 rushing yards per game - both the second lowest totals in Tahoma history.

Outside of football, Tyler was multi-talented. He was a successful three sport athlete - he also wrestled and played baseball - and he was the DECA chapter president. Playing multiple sports and being involved in other school activities all played a critical role in helping him become the man that he is today.

After graduation, Tyler moved to San Diego for a while, ran his own painting business, helped coach at Tahoma, and went to school. During that time, he realized something about his time as a player: “Appreciate every second that you’re out on that practice field, standing beneath those Friday night lights, conditioning, stretching, lifting weights, and just being a football player, because no matter how great you are, one day you’re going to have to hang those cleats up. And when you do, it will always feel too soon."

Tyler now works at Boeing, and is enjoying life as a husband and a father. One of the things that surprised him after high school was how well his Tahoma education prepared him for life outside of Maple Valley. “The education I received at Tahoma was miles ahead of the competition! After graduation I had a chance to see out in the professional world how much more Tahoma had done to prepare us for the ‘real world.’”

One of the things that best prepared him for the work he is doing now was football. The experiences he gained as a member of the Tahoma football team has been essential to his success. “I can't even begin to express how thankful I am for the coaching staff and the experiences I had out on that football field! I learned how to outwork the competition, I learned to work through pain, I learned discipline. But most importantly, I learned to be a teammate.” He also adds that his playing experience was invaluable in helping him develop the skills needed to be successful in his current position at Boeing. “Being an inside linebacker, one of my responsibilities was to call the defense, which gave me a chance to take that leadership role on the defense and help motivate and keep my defense’s heads up.”

As he reflects on that championship season in 2000, on his football experiences and on the things he learned at Tahoma, he offers some simple advice for current Bears: “Don't ever be afraid to try! And leave everything, and I mean EVERYTHING in that weight room, on that practice field, and Friday nights under those nights. If you leave everything out there, then there should never be any regrets!”

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