Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.
Name: Tyler Phelps
College: Davidson College
Height, weight, class, position: 6-2, 217 pounds, senior, quarterback
High School: Gulf Breeze High School in Gulf Breeze, Florida
About Tyler: The Florida native has been the Wildcats’ starting quarterback 30 of the last 33 games including 23 starts in a row the last two seasons. He’s thrown for nearly 4,000 in his career and 27 touchdowns. Tyler was a Pioneer Football League Academic Honor Roll selection each of the past three seasons and in 2019 he was a team captain. He watched the co-founders of the Davidson Chapter establish a level of excellence and was motivated to become a leader after participating in the Lift For Life events. Tyler attended the 2020 Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
PHELPS: We had a goal line stand in 2018 that secured our team the first winning season at Davidson in seven years.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?
PHELPS: The opportunity to get involved in an organization that uses a unique platform to help support a community that doesn’t get a lot or enough support.
What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?
PHELPS: That when you put in the effort and have a story that combination can go a long way to affect change.
What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?
PHELPS: Don’t do it for the status. Do it for the love of the sport.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
PHELPS: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. The way he prepares for each game and spends time after practice taking mental reps is something I idolize.
If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
PHELPS: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick to learn what it takes to sustain excellence at the highest level.
TYLER ON THE HOT SEAT
What is your perfect pizza?
PHELPS: Pepperoni, green olives and feta cheese
All time favorite movie?
PHELPS: Avengers – Infinity War
What is your go-to fast food restaurant?
PHELPS: Jersey Mike’s
Favorite sports team (any sport)?
PHELPS: Indianapolis Colts
What is the most used app on your phone?