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Providence High School senior football player Tyler Pistorio enters into the second half of his final prep
football season this week. The 18 year old son of Tyge and Gretchen Pistorio plays inside linebacker for the
Panthers. The 6’2”, 215 pound inside force will head to the Naval Academy next year to continue his education
and football career. Let’s Go Beyond The Game to learn more about Tyler.


What is your first memory of playing football?


“My earliest football memory is playing in my first game as a MARA Colt in 6th grade against the Olde
Providence Patriots and me scoring my first touchdown back then I played tight end and nose guard.”

What are your top three football accomplishments?


“Receiving first team All-Conference honors, recording over 120 varsity tackles as a sophomore and
earning the opportunity to continue my career in college at the Naval Academy.”


What is your favorite football memory?

“My favorite football memory is beating East Forsyth my junior season in the second round of
the playoffs. East Forsyth was a great team and were in fact a number one seed for the playoffs.
We rallied in the 2nd half (primarily the 4th quarter) and came back from a three touchdown
deficit. That game is special to me because not only did we get a very unlikely win but we overcame
a lot of adversity. Our starting quarterback had broken his collar bone the previous game
and also we were missing Jack King who is a huge part of our team.”

What led you to choose the Naval Academy?

“I’m very excited about my opportunity to play at the Naval Academy. It’s one of the most prestigious
academic institutions in the country and also has a great winning history especially under
Coach Niumatalolo. Those of course are two obvious reasons for why I chose to commit there but
perhaps even bigger than that is the family feel you get there. On my first visit in June they staff
made me feel like I was already apart of the brotherhood. Just this Saturday I had the opportunity
to attend the Navy-East Carolina game and I was blown away by the play of the athletes
as well as the fan base. It is an incredible environment to watch a football game. It ensured me I
had made the right decision.”

How well do you perform in the classroom?

“Classroom wise I’ve performed very well. I’ve carried a 4.4 gpa throughout and am in the top
18% of my class. I also received a 30 on the ACT back in May.”

Why are academics important to you?

“Being a well-rounded athlete is something very important. I know deep down that football will
not last forever. And so therefore you need to put yourself in a good position to succeed when
your time is up. For those athletes looking to play at the next level it cannot be stressed enough.
The first thing college coaches look at even before turning on the tape is your grade and test
scores and I’ve learned that from experience.”

How do you want to be remembered at Providence?

“I just want to leave a positive impression on my classmates and teachers; as well as my underclassmen
teammates. I want to be remembered as a leader and as someone who people can look
up to.”