Tyrone Paree Keys


High School Career

Callaway High School (1973-1977)

• All-State First Team Jackson Clarion Ledger

• Prep All-American


College Career

Mississippi State University (1977-1980)

• Three-time All-SEC second team (’78-’80)

• Career Sacks (26) No. 2 in school history at time of induction (’77-’80)

• School record-setting 10 sacks in single season (’80)

• Sun Bowl loss to Nebraska (’80)


Pro Football Career

• Drafted 5th round, 113th pick overall NY Jets (’81)

CFL: British Columbia Lions (1981-1982)

• 13 sacks (’82)

Chicago Bears (1983-1985)

• NFC Central Division Champions lost to SF in NFC title game (’83)

• NFL Champions defeating NE in Super Bowl XX (’85)

Tampa Bay (1986-1987)
San Diego Chargers (1988)


Hall of Fame Memberships and Honors

• Recognized for community service by President George W. Bush (2002)

• Mississippi State University Athletic Hall of Fame (2002)

• People’s Champion Tampa Tribune (2003)

• Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unsung Hero Award (2003)

• Nat’l Football Foundation & Hall of Fame Distinguished Citizen Award (2003)

• SEC Football Legends (2003)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2009)


Did You Know?

Despite his seven-year pro career, Tyrone may be best known for his post-career community service. With $4000 in donations, Keys founded All Sports Comminuty Service in 1992. At the time of his induction, Keys’ program to assist at-risk Tampa youth in pursuit of a higher education had sent more than 1,000 kids to college. When they finish school, the “alums” return to help younger kids in the program attain college entry.

Tyrone was prominent in the popular “Super Bowl Shuffle” music video that starred many of his World Champion Chicago Bear teammates and he had a bit part in the 1983 Bert Reynolds film “The Man Who Loved Women”.