Media mentions and features on DeAngelo and the Tyson Foundation.
A Family of His Own(August 2010)
Many college football players describe their team as a close-knit group or family and the locker room as a figurative home away from home.
But for some players—like defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson—the clichés of sports aren’t as symbolic.
The Statesboro, Ga. native entered the foster care system at the age of eight. He lived in a group home, at times with up to 15 other children.
“In high school, where I lived never came up,” Tyson said. “But if you were getting picked up from school and there was this big van picking you up all of the time, then you know that’s not someone’s real family.”
Tyson, at 6-foot-2, 295-pounds, doesn’t add the word extended next to family when he describes his place in the Georgia football program.
DeAngelo Tyson Overcomes Hardship To Reach NFL (June 2012)
DeAngelo Tyson will never forget his seventh-grade Christmas.
He wanted a CD player and a pair of black Air Force One tennis shoes.
Tyson put those two items on his Christmas list and handed it to Kim Lamb, his school teacher who gave him support while he was living in a boys group home.
“She got me what I wanted,” he said.
The shoes and CD player weren’t all he got. Kim and her husband Chris eventually welcomed Tyson into their home.
What started as a Christmas gift has turned into a new family.
There was activity everywhere, not that DeAngelo Tyson paid much attention to any of it.
The time between the morning walk-through and the afternoon practice at the Ravens‘ facility is the NFL‘s version of rush hour. Players move rapidly around the building with different destinations in mind, some heading to the cafeteria, some to the training room and others using the time to fulfill media requests.
Tyson, the Ravens’ second-year defensive end, stood in the middle of it all last week, leaning against a wall outside the locker room and willingly talking about things that he once would barely address even with the few people that he trusted.
Ravens defensive end DeAngelo Tyson could be primed for a bigger season than people think (July 2014)
Deangelo Tyson holds one thing that’s on his cohorts’ wish lists: two seasons under Dean Pees. Experience, experience, experience, Daniel you’re lacking experience. I’ve applied to 250 jobs. Go, me.
Tyson has experience. Two sacks last year. Two forced fumbles in 2012. He devoured the quarterback in back-to-back games last season, wrapping up Bengals‘ quarterback Andy Dalton and Jay Cutler‘s backup Josh McCown of the Bears.
If that’s an indicator that Tyson is a beast — he’s an easy pick for an #OnTheHop exclusive.
DeAngelo Tyson Quietly Making Noise (July 2014)
Quietly going about his business each and every day Ravens defensive end DeAngelo Tyson is making loud noises for the team as they head into their second week of training camp.
The former Georgia Bulldog drafted by the Ravens in the seventh round of the 2012 draft is vying for the starting role on the Ravens defensive front which was vacated when Arthur Jones left via free agency.
In 2013, the 6-2, 315 pound produced 10 tackles (9 solo), one sack, one pass defensed and his first career interception. Looking to pick up where he left off in 2013, Tyson’s positional coach Clarence Brooks spoke glowingly about his young lineman.
“DeAngelo [Tyson] came in as a seventh-round draft choice and lined up and played for us in that Super Bowl game. Tremendous kid. Tremendous human being. He [has] been very valuable – plays all over the front for us.”
Defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson may be the quietest Raven. On a defense full of personalities, he tends to fly under the radar.
But while Tyson may not be the most outgoing, the third-year lineman will have an important role in the 2014 season.
“He’s a quiet guy that doesn’t say a whole lot, but he’s just hard a worker and the kind of guy we like,” Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees said. “He’s come a long way. That guy has worked his butt off.”
Tyson, a former seventh-round pick, is a versatile lineman who can play multiple positions along the front. He was listed as the second-string nose tackle on the depth chart before season-ending injuries to defensive ends Kapron Lewis-Moore (Achilles) and Brent Urban (knee), but now the Ravens will likely slide him outside to offset the losses.