Updated: Mar 13, 2021
When fans see #32 walk on the field, it means trouble for the opposing team. When CAU students and faculty see #32 walk around campus, it means it’s another opportunity for #32 to grow as a person.
Tyler Wimberly is a biology major, redshirt freshman from Blakely, Georgia. He plays middle linebacker and wears #32 for CAU’s Panther football team. He describes himself as a leader, tenacious and a dynamic person. He exudes these qualities on and off the football field at CAU.
“Currently, my focus is football. I definitely bring leadership and dedication to the game!” At a young age, Wimberly grew to love the game of football. He describes his best childhood memories were “the five day practices and Saturday game day excitement.” His childhood football days with his twin brother, father and teammates quickly grew into a life-long passion for Wimberly that instilled “the love for football,” as he recounts it.
Although the game of football is what he loves, CAU has also impacted Wimberly. He details that CAU shaped him into being a “well-rounded, well-exposed individual.” It has introduced him to different perspectives that has challenged his beliefs and expanded his knowledge. He is better able to understand various backgrounds and cultures, which allows him to appreciate and respect diversity. Although this is only his second semester at CAU, he is still being shaped by the people and the culture at CAU. As he grows more comfortable at CAU, he aims to get more involved on campus.
Further, Wimberly wants to be remembered for something bigger than football at CAU. He states, “I will be remembered as a D.S.S.C.L.P.P (Disciplined, Successful, Significant, Champion, Leading, Pursuing, and Purposed) individual.” He firmly believes that he will leave a legacy at CAU, that his story will be told by many and that his name will be known years from now. In addition, he strives to be remembered as a team player and plans on writing a book on his story from his Pop Warner Youth Football years to the end of his football career.
As of Oct. 5, Wimberly is second on the team in total tackles with 27, and he is tied in sacks on the team with two.
This story has been originally published in Clark Atlanta University's student newspaper - the Panther. For inquiries, email James McJunkins: email@example.com