Plain Dealing head coach Christopher Wilson was more than happy to announce the Griffin’s Player of the Week.
"Athletically, academically, representing Plain Dealing, Tyler Sullivan."
That reception for Sullivan is something Wilson says speaks to his impact with fellow players.
"They understand what family means and at the end of the day you want to celebrate family members when they do things the right way and you can't find a kid on this team that doesn't love Tyler and doesn't appreciate what he brings to this program."
Sullivan has been on the team since 7th grade and hopes to pursue a career in the medical field as a nurse.
"It's been something I've been growing up [watching], my mom's side of my family is all about nursing and it's just something I always looked forward to."
With the highest GPA on the roster and his commitment to the program, Wilson adds he’s the walking showcase of what a player should be. In a reflection of his service to others, he recalled how Sullivan helped restore air conditioning for Louisianans affected by Hurricane Ida.
Wilson: "He called me, he said, 'Look, my dad's going down to New Orleans, I'm going with him. I'm going to help him work,' and so he was gone about a week and a half and he was down there servicing the community of New Orleans after the hurricane and making sure they were up and running and getting those homes back cool down... When that happened we understood. That's more important than football and that's the type of kid that he is, that he was willing to make that sacrifice and go down and do something other than kind of sitting around doing football."
As Sullivan continues to work towards graduation, he has a message for the community for helping him get to where he is.
Sullivan: "I want to thank all the teachers in the school, all the coaches, all my teammates and just the town of Plain Dealing."
Tyler is one of a handful of scholar athletes recognized by the National Football Foundation's McNaughton Chapter. Each week we will select a player from their Scholar Athlete Watchlist to be named our Griffin's Player of the Week.
The initial group of 20 high school seniors named in August to the National Football Foundation Ark-La-Tex Scholar-Athlete Watch List:
Sedric Applewhite Jr., WR/DE, Bossier High School
Tonzaiha Bland, OL/DL, Logansport High School
Graeme Fidelak, WR, St. Mary’s High School
B.J. Green, DB, Ruston High School
Connor Heard, OL/C, Minden High School
John Jordan, DB, C.E. Byrd High School
Kelvin Kinney, QB, North DeSoto High School
Gavin LaGrange, OL/DL, St. Mary’s High School
Brayson McHenry, QB, Texas High School, Texarkana
James David Miller, OL/DL, Ouachita Christian High School
R.J. Moore, WR/K/P, Benton High School
Mitchell Ramsey, RB, Byrd High School
Carson Riley, LB/OT, Cedar Creek High School
Jatareon Robinson, LB, North Webster High School
Davis Sellers, DE/TE, Benton High School
Seth Smith, OG, Cedar Creek High School
Tyler Sullivan, WR/DB, Plain Dealing High School
Ryan Todd, DB, C.E. Byrd High School
Tristan Wiley, WR/DB, Ouachita Christian High School
Jed Worthy, CB/TB, Cedar Creek High School
Joining them are the first 10 midseason additions to the NFF Ark-La-Tex Scholar-Athlete Watch List:
Justin Aaron, DB, Natchitoches Central High School
Caleb Aillet, C, C.E. Byrd High School
Caylin Demars, RB, Natchitoches Central High School
Evan Howe, Linebacker, North DeSoto High School
Dqavion Lemons, OL, Southwood High School
Chandler Lytle, LB, Haughton High School
Kyle Monroe, QB, Fouke High School
Jake Pieri, DL, Haughton High School
Joshua Sewell, WR. Haughton High School
Tre Smith, QB, Red River High School
This Watch List will be updated throughout the season as nominations are received. Additional nominees may be submitted by text to NFF board member Doug Ireland at 318-471-2086.