photos and story by Sydney Scheer
National Signing Day is a pinnacle for high school seniors across the country. It is the day where senior football players hold a signing session as a crowd gathers to watch as the player signs their letter of intent to play football at a particular school, just as Michael Oher did in the movie The Blind Side.
For Luther High School, on National Signing Day, February 1st, 2017, our very own #50 Tyler Leftwich signed his letter of intent to play football for the Northeastern Oklahoma University Golden Norsemen. It is a special moment to share, especially as you see the signee move on to the next level to play their sport. Smiles are usually seen from ear to ear by the player, but not so much by the family. For the Leftwich family, younger brother, freshman #51 Ryan Leftwich couldn’t keep it together. He will miss his older brother being around the house, and practices of all sports. Big brother told him to, “suck it up.”
Tyler had the support of myself, Lion Reporter–also team manager through most of his high school career-, coaches, teammates, classmates, family members, friends, family friends, teachers, and many more. They were all gathered to witness his “big minute” to sign his letter. He was all smiles in his gold and blue NEO tee shirt for the camera after he put pen to paper. As a manager for the high school team for which Tyler was a player, I can say that he brought happiness, drive, and energy to the football field. He was quite the actor about some things, very animated, and had some of the most comical phrases in the tensest times. I adored working for and with him, and am honored to have earned his respect, as he has mine. I believe you will go above and beyond in the coming years, and I would like to wish you the best! There is always a spot at HOME on the sideline next to me in the fall. Come see us, and best of luck to you, the new Golden Norseman!
“I am very thankful for this opportunity. I am very excited about the challenges that I will face these next few years. I want to say thank you to my coaches and family who have prepared me for this next chapter in my life. Thank you to my teammates and friends for the support they have shown me. I am very blessed to have been a part of such a great team and community.” said Tyler who will play Defensive End on the NEO line.
His mother, Thaja was very thankful for everyone’s support on Tyler’s Signing Day, as well as being a part of his life and successes. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Leftwich and family, you have a college athlete!
As a recap, last year, two 2016 seniors, Dewayne Rhodes and Maurice Wright, signed their letters of intent to SWOSU and NWOSU, respectively. We cannot wait to see what the 2017 football season brings. Just 100 days before Spring Ball starts.