For Your Own Good

Those are words that no kid want to hear when things are not going well. Now that I am on the flip side of the parent/child relationship, I appreciate people that have both the guts and compassion to tell someone else what they NEED, but not necessarily want, to hear. Thus this little blurb stood out to me:

Milton Butts on the example N.C. State defensive tackle Tank Tyler showed at E.E. Smith High School in Fayetteville, N.C.:

The thing about him was he made everyone else better. Curtis Crouch, who’s at N.C. State now – he’s a guy you’ll be calling me about next year – when he first came out Tank’s senior year he was very soft. Curtis had never played football before. He wanted to quit. These kids today all they know is air conditioning and Nintendo. They want to quit in that August heat. Tank wouldn’t let that boy quit. They both wound up at N.C. State, and one of the coaches told me this year that Curtis was holding his own against Tank. He owes his career to Tank.

Coincidentally, our friends at RAWFS have a nice round-up of pre-draft articles on Tank. And of course, all of this ties into our own pre-draft discussion entry.

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11 Responses to For Your Own Good

  1. RedTerror29 04/24/2007 at 9:57 AM #

    I think Tank will be alright if he is wise enough to associate with the right kind of people once he gets in the league.

  2. McPete 04/24/2007 at 11:26 AM #

    “air conditioning, nintendo, and all those message boards on Ebay”

  3. RAWFS 04/24/2007 at 12:13 PM #

    I’ve met Tank a couple of times, and thought him a decent fellow. Not one I would trifle with, mind you, but he was polite, humorous and self-deprecating — the kind of guy you come away from thinking that he’s a good guy.

  4. Buddygreen 04/24/2007 at 2:22 PM #

    Tank is a good guy, we going to miss him this year. I hope he goes high in the draft.

  5. ncsu96 04/24/2007 at 2:24 PM #
  6. redfred2 04/24/2007 at 2:44 PM #

    It’s kind of strange that in one article Tyler sounds like a leader and an inspiration to some of his teammates, and then in the next he’s portrayed as possible trouble brewing. I guess it’s fair in that maybe he has earned both of those distinctions somewhere along the way.

  7. mafpack 04/24/2007 at 9:12 PM #

    Or just another example of sports writers who don’t actually *know* anything about what/whom they write and instead rely almost entirely on hear-say and story telling to “sell papers” as it were.

  8. redfred2 04/24/2007 at 9:45 PM #

    Speaking of selling papers, and off topic, but has there been news on SL Jr or L Harris lately? I’m thinking no news is good news as far as the Larry Harris deal. I also have to admit that I haven’t noticed where anyone in the media is jumping way ahead and trying to make a big deal of the other stuff YET either.

  9. choppack1 04/24/2007 at 9:58 PM #

    red – I think the recent events at VaTech have blown away most of the other events for now.

  10. redfred2 04/24/2007 at 10:11 PM #

    chop, no doubt. Those were kind of thoughtless questions for me to ask right now. My bad.

  11. bTHEredterror 04/25/2007 at 12:23 AM #

    It is good to see some balance on Tank, all I’d read recently was negative.

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