Life is a hard thing to figure out, particularly when something tragic happens.
When I heard the news of Cleveland Central High School student-athlete Larry Tyler III’s death, I was in complete shock. It’s heartbreaking when a young 17-year-old like Tyler is taken from us.
When I think of Tyler, all I can think about is the young athlete that competed hard in every sport. Whether it was football, baseball or track, Tyler was going to give it his all as he was a true warrior on the field.
I loved watching him in baseball last year as a member of the East Side Trojans. This year in football as running back for the Wolves, he was even more impressive.
With his 5-foot-7, 150 pound frame, Tyler was never the biggest guy on the field but that didn’t stop him for doing what he needed to do. Many times when 6-foot-9 quarterback Kamarion Williams handed the ball off to Tyler, he also had to bend down to get him the ball. Tyler would take that ball and battle his way through a line of guys that outweighed by more than 100 pounds. Many times, he managed to get the yards the Wolves needed.
His heart and competitiveness were second to none. His work on the field was an extension of who he was off the field as he excelled in the classroom. Tyler, who was a junior this year, was on his way to great things.
It’s hard when we lose someone particularly in the tragic way that happened with Tyler. The biggest thing we all need to remember about Tyler is he made everyday count for the brief time he was on this earth. Let’s extend our thoughts and prayers to Tyler’s friends and family as well as the whole community. Let’s keep his memory alive.