By Logan Lowery
STARKVILLE – Last year, Tyson Lee was on the fast track in a front office position with the St. Louis Rams at age 24.
The former Itawamba Community College and Mississippi State quarterback had dreams of one day becoming an NFL general manager. But as glamorous as that life-style would be, it was ultimately not what Lee had in his heart and where his priorities lie.
“I was going to work my way from the bottom to the top and be a GM one day and be a millionaire,” Lee said. “But I knew at the end of the day I wouldn’t be fulfilling the call of my life that God had for me.”
Lee’s opportunity in the NFL came as one chapter in his life ended.
After passing for 7,395 yards and 42 touchdowns during his college career, Lee passed up on MSU’s pro day in 2010 and finished his degree in biology education. But while completing his master’s degree in sports administration the following year, Lee decided to test if he had what it took to play professional football.
“I wanted to make sure that I did everything that I could and had no regrets,” Lee said. “I trained for about three months during grad school and did pro day. I also worked out for two Canadian Football League teams in Atlanta and Memphis. Obviously, I didn’t make it and for me that was the Lord closing that chapter of my life.”
But at MSU’s 2011 pro day, Lee was approached about the possibility of working in an NFL scouting role. Three months later, Lee packed his belongings for a move to St. Louis to begin his road to fame and fortune with the Rams.
“I met a lot of people and it’s an incredible organization,” Lee said. “I’m so thankful that I got to do it. But while I was up there I just kept feeling a pull on my heart. I saw a lot of guys that were lost in life. They were talented in football but not exactly sure what direction they wanted to go in life. It really hurt me and I began praying about it.”
Even with a promotion on the horizon, Lee decided to leave the Rams in May and return home accepting a full-time position with Mississippi State’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In this capacity, Lee now works alongside campus FCA director Bill Buckley to strengthen and encourage the faith of all MSU student athletes in every sport on a daily basis.
“I love my job, the people that I work with and what FCA stands for,” Lee said. “I know in my heart I’m meant to mentor and reach out to young men and women and share the Gospel. I want to be the man that God has called me to be and that’s to help turn young men into men.”