WAPAKONETA — At 6 feet tall and 240 pounds, Tyler Shroyer is an imposing force on the gridiron but he’s also impressive in the classroom.
Shroyer an 18-year-old senior at Wapakoneta High School recently made third-team offensive line in Division III in Ohio at the center position. Shroyer is also the Division III first-team offensive lineman for the 2019 All-Northwest District football team as selected by an Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association.
We spoke to him earlier in the season for this Youth Profile.
“Football takes a lot of your time. It really does,” said Shroyer.
His experience on the football field has made him more resolute in attaining his dreams.
“If you want something, you just got to keep working for it. Life rewards those who work hard and you can attain a lot of things by working hard every day, and having goals set to achieve them,” he said. “It also teaches you that you have to trust in yourself because if you don’t believe in yourself than nobody else will. You’ve got to be confident that you can complete the job at hand. A lot of times just that belief alone will help you get that job done,” he said.
Off the field, Shroyer is working hard to get into college and pursue an engineering degree.
“I’m really good with like math, and I just like crunching numbers, but want to do something that’s hands-on and it helps people,” said Shroyer.
He’s hoping to attend Wright State University, a college without a football team, but that doesn’t matter to him.
“Unless I get some offer from a school that’s like, hey, we’ll give you all the money to go here. You just got to come play football for us. You can get your degree and everything and like, all right, but I don’t want to go somewhere and have to sacrifice getting the degree that I want just to play football because I know it’s not going to be a career choice for me,” said Shroyer.
Shroyer is impressed with the caring of the teachers and staff at Wapakoneta schools.
“I think it’s great. We’ve got teachers and other staff members that really care about students, both academically and then just as people. I think all the staff members here want to see us succeed and they’ll take extra time out of their day, to help you get to where you need to be. Even if it’s not like their class like it’s just something you need help with, you can talk to almost all of our teachers, and they would be willing to sit down and take five minutes and help explain something to you or help get you on the right track,” said Shroyer.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.