NFL Tight End Touches Down in Downingtown
Downingtown, PA – This summer, Chester County’s future football stars were given a special treat: the opportunity to learn from former graduate and current NFL tight end for the Buffalo Bills, Tyler Kroft. The 2011 Downingtown East graduate returned to his alma mater to host the free football clinic for 100 students from the Downingtown Area School District and beyond.
During the clinic, students participated in drills and team building activities. Campers took photos with Kroft, asked questions and received Buffalo Bills swag. With a history of giving back to the community, Kroft believes that the skills learned in football can extend beyond the field. He noted, “The game of football is an awesome metaphor for life; a group of individuals working through adversity toward a common goal. Nothing happens in the game of football without everyone on the field pulling together.” While teaching the students football skills, Kroft also highlighted the importance of education to the game. “I'm always happy to talk with young players, and to stress not only the physical commitment to self and team, but also the academic commitment and requirements to succeed.”
In his high school days, Kroft was captain of both the football and lacrosse teams, playing both tight end and wide receiver for the Downingtown East Cougars. Downingtown East Principal Hurley recognizes Kroft as an outstanding representative of our high school. Hurley explained, “[Kroft] worked extremely hard to achieve his goal of playing football in the NFL. He is an example of a Downingtown graduate who has achieved success through hard work and perseverance. He is a tremendous role model for our young athletes.”
Football Coach Matta remembers Kroft as a very talented and humble young man, adding that Kroft has stayed connected to the East football team since his graduation. “He comes back to work with players and show them how to find success both as players and as people. Downingtown is incredibly lucky and grateful to have the support of such a talented and giving young man.”