Manila football players awarded Brandon Burlsworth award

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Manila Senior Tyler Barley received th Brandon Burlsworth High School Football Award. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Manila senior Tyler Barley was awarded the Brandon Burlsworth High School Football Award at the Manila sports banquet held Tuesday, May 26.

Manila Head Coach Jerry Castor made the presentation congratulating Tyler and expressing his appreciation for his dedication and hard work to the team.

"This award is presented to a player with strong work ethics, character and a willingness to go beyond what is asked of him," Coach Castor said.

Tyler will be continuing his education and his football career at the college level as he will be playing football at Lyon College.

The Brandon Burlsworth award was created in honor and memory of a great name in football. Burlsworth was a former Harrison High School standout and went from a walk-on to a National Football League draft pick. He was a four year letterman for the Razorbacks (1995-1998) as he started 34 consecutive games. He was not only a good football player he excelled in the classroom. He became the first Razorback football player to earn a master's degree before he played his final game. He was named All Southeastern Conference and in 1998 was chosen one of the elite in college football, making All-American.

Drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1999 draft, he was projected to be the starting right guard his rookie season. But on April 28, 1999, the young man was tragically killed in an automobile accident. His jersey, 77, is one of but two ever retired by the UofA football program.

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