Getting to know former Super Bowl champion Tyrone Keys with this week's '10 Questions'

Are you ever curious about the real lives of politicians, celebrities, local news makers and athletes? Who are their mentors and who would they really like to meet?

Each Tuesday, ABC Action News asks 10 questions of a Bay area leader or celebrity. They're fun questions that let you get to know the person.

This week, we  hear from our former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Super Bowl champion Tyrone Keys. From Jackson, Mississippi the former defensive lineman has made the bay area his home.

His career includes playing for the Chicago Bears. Keys was on the 1985 team that won the Super Bowl in 1986. They are also the team made famous by the song "The Super Bowl Shuffle" Keys was on the keyboard.

Interestingly, his Super Bowl team did not visit the White House after the big win, which is typically a tradition. It was the year the space shuttle Challenger exploded just minutes into flight, killing all seven crew members.

The visit to the White House was delayed for a quarter of a century. The team finally made the trip in 2011.

While Keys has many great moments in football with the Bears, Bucs and San Diego Chargers, it's his community work he is the most proud of.

Has given back in a big way. His All Sports Community Foundation reportedly has helped fund $22 million in scholarships and many of those students are now students and coaches in the Hillsborough County school system.

Here are 10 questions for Tyrone Keys:

1. What is your all time favorite song and movie?

The Superbowl Shuffle, of course!.   As far as movie, "Brian's Song."

3 . Do you have a Smartphone? If so, what's your favorite app?

Yes. The one for directions.

4. Who do you count as your mentor(s)?

People who have been my teachers and my coaches.
I get that from my mom. She was. Teacher. You think of all the time they spend with you and help you become the person you are meant to be.

5. What was your very first job?

I was a parks and recreation counselor in Jackson,  Mississippi

6. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

Make three of me so I can be at three different places at the same time!  

7 . What do you consider your greatest success?

Being able to take my family to the White House this year and be recognized for community service .
My foundation the Tyrone Keys Foundation has generated more than 22 million dollars in scholarships.
Many of those students are now teachers and coaches in Hillsborough County schools.

8. Tell us something about you most people don't know?

There was a time I wanted to be a patrol officer.  But when I applied I was too young.

9. If you could have dinner with any three people living or dead, who would they be?

Jesus, Ghandi and Papa Bear Halas because he started football and the National Football League.

9. What is in your fridge right now?

Literally nothing!

10. If you could have had a different career, what would it have been?

I think I'm right where I am supposed to be.
There is nothing like peace and joy. I have both knowing I'm doing what I was called to do. Help young people through my foundation.


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