That type of mindset does not surprise his mom.
Tyriq has always been very competitive, Frances McCord said. Growing up, everything he did he would beat himself up if he didnt do his best. I remember in elementary school if he did not make 100 on his tests he would literally sit in class and cry. They would call me from the office and say you need to come in and speak to your son.
Coming from somewhere where he played everything and never came off the field he realizes he has to work his way up. He knows everything has to be earned. Its kind of a challenge for him and he loves it.
A SECOND CAREER?
Frances, a former track star and now a U.S. Postal Service employee, said her son is studying Broadcast Communications at UM with the idea that if football doesnt develop into a pro career, he can live off his smile and smarts as a sports personality.
He wants to be a sports personality because he has such a nice smile, Frances said. Hes always thought he could make a living off that. But he knows deep down it takes a lot of work, more than that for sure.
Tyriq has no problem with that.
He wears those fundamental beliefs on his shoulders and chest.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things regardless. You try hard enough you can do all things. [Christ] gives you the strength, Frances said. I always tell my sons when they go through life not everybody will be for you. So no weapon formed against us shall prosper [Isaiah 54:17]. They meditate on those two verses when times get hard.
Although I didnt like the tattoos, Im happy hes taking what we put in him and hes keeping that close to his heart.