“She kinda guides me with it,” he said of the recruiting process, and life in general. “Even when I’m talking to people, interviewing on the phone, she tells me to calm down and just be myself. It helps a lot.”
Mom wasn’t around for this interview, but Duty-Tyson handled himself just fine.
“I kind of set up the visits when I go somewhere, but she’s the one who usually takes me there,” said Duty-Tyson, who has been to Miami, Florida State and UCF campuses. “She’s always there and supports me no matter what. She’s always more interested in the academic part because she’s a teacher … about 20 years now. That’s the most important thing to her.”
Mom teaches junior and senior math at North Miami Beach High, which is where Aubrey went to school before transferring to private University School.
“She’s been my mother and my father at the same time and guided me through a lot,” Duty-Tyson said. “With girls and everything I’ve had uncles and big cousins help out with anything I needed to know, and things like learning how to tie my tie … I always refer to them.”
And these two players aren't the only ones. Single parents are likely a majority and even considered the norm at some schools.
Some student/athletes have to deal with everything on their own, for one reason or another, like the parent is working two jobs to support the family, or there are other siblings who also need mom or dad's help.
Heck, the cold, hard truth also is that some parents just don't care. They get wrapped up in worlds their children just want to escape, and in those situations the kids are the ones to be lauded.
And it's not just mothers. Single fathers also are part of the mix, but many of these parents seem to have found ways to balance everything in their own lives with those of their children.
While certainly not enough single parents take the initiatives as have the likes of Andrea Tate or Brenda Duty, it seems to be more and more of a priority as recent economic woes take a toll on everyone.
Parents are beginning to realize the limits on the future of their offspring if they are left to fight it out in the job world fresh out of high school. While a college education does not gaurantee a job at completion, it at least puts those with degrees in a more marketable situation.
Scholarships afford students these opportunities, and if playing football is the way to get one, then those with talent enough to advance to the next level, even if it's at an NAIA school, should take full advantage.Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting.