Hours before Tony Cayson’s jersey retirement, he was walking around the athletic campus at Forest High School as if it were a normal Friday. As the ceremony neared, he’s just as humble as any other day.
Fifteen minutes before kick-off, the Forest football team created a human tunnel with Cayson’s high school jersey enclosed in a memorabilia frame at the end of it. On the opposite end, Cayson stood soaking in the cheers from the crowd and his team while the announcer read off a long list of career achievements.
“It’s been a long time going to school here, coaching here, now getting my number retired; it just makes things surreal,” Cayson said. “You never know where life is going to take you. Now I influence these kids.”
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Tony Cayson lived a life some of his players can’t fathom. He picked up football in the eighth grade, playing several positions before landing at running back as a freshman. At the recommendation of Forest’s former head coach Jim Simmons, he transitioned to quarterback as a junior. Cayson went from struggling, to taking snaps, to the No. 2 option quarterback in the country with 80s powerhouses Notre Dame, Miami, Florida and other power fives recruiting him.
While battling future hall of famers Emmitt Smith and Leroy Butler on the gridiron, he began growing traction on the baseball diamond. Cayson, who was signed to Clemson to play football even though his heart was set on playing for Notre Dame, caught a Major League Baseball scout’s eye.
“A guy came to see another guy…
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Author : Ocala Star Banner
Publish date : 2023-09-18 08:05:46
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