NFL hopeful training others at YMCA

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A local man was on track to play in the NFL until a setback from injury. Now, Tyrone Patterson is helping others achieve their dreams.

Twenty-four year-old Tyrone Patterson has dedicated his life to football. After starring at Gautier High School, Patterson went on to play at Tennessee Martin where he was eventually offered a tryout with the New Orleans Saints, followed by a stint in arena football, then an MCL sprain took him out of the game. “After the injury, it kind of just devastated me a little bit, for maybe six months it just slowed me down. I didn’t do anything, but stay in bed and eat and just kind of wallow in my sorrows.”

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Now, Patterson has turned his setback into a way to help others reach their fitness goals at the Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA in Ocean Springs, all while he’s working to get back into shape for pro-football. “Just to help someone change their lifestyle and they come to me and they trust me with that lifestyle change, it means a lot.”

Every day, Tyrone inspires people on the Gulf Coast to live a healthier lifestyle. Patterson says the first step to getting healthy is mental, after that the rest should come easy. “Go out there and do it. Everything is possible if you want it you have got to go and do it. The first thing is you have to get up and say you want change.”

Patterson will be heading to Texas next month to play in the indoor football league. His goal is to play in the National Football League.

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