Whitewright's Tyrone Swoopes credits hometown for resilience

Tyrone Swoopes performed some big plays throughout his football career. Not just at Texas, but back where it all begin in Whitewright, where he not only learned the game but about life.

"It just taught me first how to be a good person," said Swoopes. "I think some people get lost in that in big cities."

Swoopes comes from an athletic family, but his mom says it seems Tyrone was destined to play football.

"When I went into labor with him, it was a Monday night, and I was watching Monday Night Football," said mother Elizabeth Swoopes. "I said that's kind of an omen."

Now, Tyrone will try to fulfill that prophesy and take another leap of faith, preparing for the NFL Draft not as a quarterback but a tight end.

"It was kind of similar to the kind of things I went through at Texas," said Tyrone. "People didn't think I could go there and succeed, but I found a way to succeed in my own way. I feel I will be able to do the same at the next level."

At the Michael Johnson Performance in McKinney, Swoopes is honing in his skills as a tight end. But it's in Whitewright where he credits learning his hard work ethic and the confidence to achieve his dreams.

"Going back to Whitewright every once and a while, they always kept me grounded," said Tyrone. "Told me to keep my head up and just helped me push through the hard time."

Despite those times and any doubts from others, Tyrone's family instilled in him the value of perseverance.

"Even though it seems like it's not going to work out or if you have a lot of doubters, as long as you can believe in yourself, you can make it happen," said Elizabeth Swoopes.

"Most people probably don't think I can do well at tight end," said Tyrone, "but I think once I get to where I'm going, then I'll just put the work in. So I kind of learned that at Whitewright."

Swoopes will hope to hear his name called during this year's NFL Draft, April 27 though the 29th.