|Position||Tight End, Defensive End|
|High School Attended||Bishop|
|College Attended||University of Connecticut|
At a Herculean 6’5” 225 pounds, Tyler King was an imposing physical specimen especially when he was pursuing opposing quarterbacks. Breaking into the starting lineup as a junior defensive end on Coach Gary Doherty’s veteran shamrock squad, King, along with Hall of Fame linebackers Gazzola and Cataldo, formed a “lock down” defensive unit the likes of which Feehan had rarely seen before.
Shutting out three opponents (Stoughton, Coyle and Oliver Ames), limiting four others (North Attleboro, Dartmouth, Somerset and Duxbury) to one touchdown or less, and giving up a meager 96 pointes in 13 games (7 ppg), Feehan won the Eastern Athletic Conference championship and ended its regular season at 9-2-1. The Shamrocks went on to beat a heavily favored Duxbury team (26-7) at Boston University for their first of many Mass. Super Bowl titles.
As a senior, King returned as one of the few veterans for new coach Steve McGonigle. He started the year as both a tight end and a defensive end, but it was his defensive prowess that earned him All Star status. Feehan started slowly, losing close games to North, Attleboro and Durfee, but went undefeated in its last five games to finish at 5-3-1. Some of King’s defensive highlights were: a blocked PAT attempt against Durfee to which helped Feehan maintain a 7-6 lead, constant pursuit of the Dartmouth quarterback which resulted in 8 straight incomplete passes which preserved a 14-14 Feehan tie, and a sack ad a fumble recovery against powerhouse Whitman Hanson which rallied Feehan from a 14-0 to a heart pounding 21-20 win.
In his final game as a senior, King led his teammates to a convincing 42-06 win over Catholic Conference power Malden Catholic, a game in which Malden was held to a meager 6 first downs. Coach Mc Gonigle said it best when he stated after the game “Our defense was our salvation all season.”
King went on to one year of postgraduate study at Avon Old Farms Prep School before receiving a full scholarship to the University of Connecticut’s fledgling Division I football program. While at Connecticut, King played four years of football, starting his last two years as defensive end for Coach Randy Edsall. As a senior King led the team with 13 solo tackles and 19 assisted tackles and 4.5 sacks before breaking his leg in the fourth game. Miraculously, King recovered to play in the Motor City Bowl, Connecticut’s first ever Bowl Game where U Conn beat Toledo 39-10. King was recognized as the United Autoworkers Lineman of the Game.
Upon graduation Tyler signed as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals with whom he played three seasons before entering the business world.
It is with great pleasure that the Attleboro Football Hal of Fame welcomes Tyler King into its hall of Fame.