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Local Talent: Interview With Pro Athlete Tyson Pencer

Born and raised in Delta B.C. Tyson is a professional Football player who was recently selected in the first round (3rd overall) 2012 CFL Draft by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Before entering the draft, Pencer played at Sands Secondary in Delta where he graduated and then went on to play his freshman and sophomore seasons for the Washington State Cougars in 2009 and 2010.

Our editor attended JR. High with Tyson and got the chance to catch up with the Football star. Here’s what he had to say:

1. You previously played with Washington State before being drafted by the CFL. Did you ever consider the NFL?

I have definitely considered the NFL, since I decided to leave WSU early and enter the CFL draft my route to the NFL has just changed a bit. As a first round 3rd overall draft pick for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, my decision was a great one, which still opens up the door to the NFL over the next few years. This point in time it is going to come down to me proving myself at a professional football level.

2. Did you have any personal team preferences when heading into the 2012 CFL Draft, like playing for our home team? (BC Lions)

Leading up to the 2012 CFL draft I did not have any preferences of where I wanted to play. Obviously being able to play in front of all my family and friends every game would be ideal. However, I just wanted a team with a lot of history and tradition behind them. Who would give me the best opportunity to grow as a player and a person. After finishing the 2012 season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, I am very grateful to be a part of their organization.

3. Millions of young athletes dream to get drafted by a professional Sports League. What did you do differently to excel and make your dream a reality?

At a young age I always knew I was gifted in football, and I knew it was a dream that I could make a reality. To do something different you have to be different in everything you do. Starts from the class room to the weight room, you have to want it more than the guy beside you. It comes down to the drive and motivation a person has in side of them to accomplish greatness above their limitations. For me this success came from dedication, making sure I was getting closer to my dream every single day and every single opportunity that I had.

4. What was your greatest on-field moment?

My greatest on field moment was my freshman year at Washington State University in 2009. I started my first game against USC Trojans. With a packed stadium of 105 thousand people. It was nationally broadcast on ABC with millions of people watching. It was a surreal moment that I will remember for the rest of my life. At that point in time was the first time where I actually sat back and realized “this is it, this is what I have worked for my entire life up to this point, this moment on the field right now”.

5. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

In five years I see myself still as a professional football player either in the CFL or NFL. Hopefully at that point of my life I am known as one of the best players for my position. Besides that I hope in five years I have started a family of my own.

6. Do you perform any superstitious routines before a game?

I have never been big on superstitions before a game. For me I just try to stay as relaxed and focused as possible. Try not to get my nerves and anxiety gets the best of me. As any athlete knows though, the game all depends on the week preparation leading up to it. Just got to stay calm and have fun and do what I do best on the field

7. Many years from now, when you look back on your life, what do you think is likely to have mattered to you the most?

What will matter the most is that I have accomplished everything I set myself to do, starting with football. To not only be a player but to be a great player. To leave an impact on football so that I am remembered by the individual I am on and off the field. When it comes to life, what will matter the most is the man that I have become over the years. Allowing me to get married and have kids one day. Then those will be the memories I will cherish the most.

8. You’re known for consistently ‘reppin the 604’ – what about our city inspires you the most?

I have played and traveled to many places because of football and the quote “there’s no place like home” is truly right. I like reppin the 604 because this is where my career all began. Where all my friends and family are located, the people here have all been a stepping stone to allow me to get to where I am at now.

9. Can you share some advice for those who have dreams of playing professional?

The only thing that’s going to hold someone back from accomplishing their dreams is themselves. How badly does someone want to accomplish their dreams? Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone every single day, to allow yourself to be better than the next guy? These are something’s an individual has to ask themselves before anything. Dreams are not easy to fulfill but nothing in life is. It is matter of doing more than what everyone is doing, starts from the classroom to the weight then onto the field. Everyday matters and everyday counts. At the end of the day though, when striving for your dream. You have to love it, you have to love the grind and pain.

Stay connected with Tyson & follow him on Twitter: @BigTys58. Check out footage of Pencer from training camp and after his first day as a Blue Bomber.

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