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Tyshawn Washington

1. Can you provide some background of your early life (environment, family, friends, school, etc.)?

I’m from one of the smallest towns in the state of South Carolina called Eutawville. Eutawville has a population of about 310 people. I’m from a small city with big dreams. I have a really big family and family is very important to me. If I had to use one word to describe my family, it would be love. My home town friends, most of them left to pursue their careers and some are still there. Social media keeps us all in contact with each other. I attended St. James Elementary School, Holly Hill Roberts Middle School and Lake Marion High School and Technology Center. Whenever I’m home I make time to go visit those school to see old and new faces. I love where I’m from.

2. How did you develop a passion for football?

As a kid my cousins and I would always play tackle football outside. When I got in middle school I saw and heard Ray Lewis for the first time. The passion and love he had for the game made my passion and love for the game grow. I still watch Ray Lewis on YouTube. I believe I’ve seen every video, if not I’m pretty close.

3. Who has had the biggest influence on your life?

My mother Catina Washington and my grandmother Racheal Gadson had the biggest influence on my life. They worked hard to give me everything I needed and more. I could never repay them for all the things they’ve done for me.

4. How has your life changed since joining the River City Thunder?

Playing in the MIFL makes me want the NFL and CFL more, I will never be satisfied. Meeting Coach Reggie Shipp is a big plus because he’s more then just a coach, he’s also my mentor. Also my teammates are now my brothers. I’ll go to war with and for all of them. Those group of guys are awesome. I love them all .

5. What do you feel are the most important traits to have as a professional football player?

Good character, positive attitude, leadership, work horse, coachable, competitor, speed, strength, physical, and being team oriented.

6. What are your future goals for your football career and for life in general?

My goal is to be on a CFL or NFL roster. I believe I have all the traits to be a professional football player. I graduated from The Apprentice School in Newport News VA and I can take that and work anywhere in the country, but football is what my heart and soul want.

7. Who is/was your favorite football player and why?

Ray Lewis because of his passion and his love for the game. Not only is Ray a great player, he is also a great person. I think his story about how he became who he is today is great because he could’ve gave up but he didn’t. My all time favorite player and person.

8. What do you feel you bring to your team (physically or mentally) and can bring to an NFL team?

To my team physically I bring a hammer that I plan on beating any and everybody that has on a different color and team jersey. Mentally I’m a smart player on and off the field and I keep myself and my teammates in the best position on and off the field. I can bring that and more to a NFL team, all I need is a opportunity to show what I can do.

9. What do you attribute your success to?

God’s grace! I wouldn’t be here without God and he didn’t have to bring me this far but he did. The grace of God is just amazing. I also want to show my son that great things come to those who stay patient, stay prayed up, stay humble and never stop working.

10. What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to spend time with my son and I’m currently learning how to play the bass guitar.

by Paul Cohen (pcohen1@ithaca.edu)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]