DeAngelo Tyson is the epitome of why we love the University of Georgia.
We’re Dawg fans, and we love all of our Dawgs. When they do great on the field, they get a lot of love from fans, media – everyone really. When they get in trouble, we may curse them under our breath, but we want to see them come back and do well for themselves and for the Dawgs.
Some guys transcend this, though. My favorite Bulldog of all time is Hines Ward. What he did for the team — playing running back, quarterback and receiver and just his toughness and grit — just made me feel he was the ultimate in “Hunkering Down”.
DeAngelo Tyson, is another one of these guys that transcends his play on the field. It just amazes me what this young man has been able to do given the things he’s had to overcome, in terms of childhood abuse and the struggles he went through growing up.
One of our writers, Richard Gnann, did a column on The Five Reasons We Hate Tech. To be honest, I was amazed that he kept it at five. One of the reasons I hate Tech is because of the cheap chop block laid upon DeAngelo Tyson on the second snap of the 2011 game at Piss-storic Grant Field.
That is probably one of the reasons that the Ravens were able to get him in the seventh round of the NFL draft; Well, lucky them. A lot of attention is paid to “Dawgs Gone Bad” in the media, both professional and social, but you just don’t hear a lot about guys like Tyson who overcome so much, and then become success stories.
Well, DeAngelo is being DeAngelo once again. I saw on twitter last night that he had started The Tyson Foundation to help kids like himself and families like his. It says it all in the mission statement:
Our Mission is to serve youth, young athletes and teenage mothers through support and opportunities that will empower them to unlock their own personal potential. The TYSON foundation is dedicated to building young adults and families through new hope.
He kind of did it in his quite, unassuming way. Just a simple tweet
DeAngelo Launches the Tyson Foundation http://t.co/rYotPM7IvL
— DeAngelo Tyson (@Tyson_94) August 26, 2014
Some people may feel that Tyson has been unlucky, but I get the feeling that he feels very lucky. We are lucky to have this young man as part of the DawgNation. To learn more about The Tyson Foundation and see how you can help go to The Tyson Foundation web page.