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Former 'All Sports' Client Graduates

Former NFL star and current Executive Director and Founder of All Sports Community Services, Tyrone Keys, spends endless days and time helping local high school athletes reach the collegiate level, especially those who possessed marginal talent or weren't offered a scholarship. His track record reads of nothing but success with these young men once they've reached college and follows their progress up until the time they graduate and either go on to a professional sports career, or enter the world of business.

Nate Peoples was one of those athletes. A 1993 graduate of Armwood High School, Nate was an exceptional athlete in high school, and had planned on attending college on a football scholarship. "I always knew I would attend college, scholarship or not."

After graduating from high school, Nate attended East Tennessee State College, and later transferred to Mississippi State. There, he played all four years, but says he never aspired to play professional football. "I had two older brothers who had played college football, and I wanted to be a part of that experience."

A student-athlete at Mississippi State, Nate recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in business management, and is returning to seek his masters in sports administration.

"I knew my athletic ability was good, but I also knew it wouldn't carry me for the rest of my life," says Nate. "The college experience taught me perserverance, setting and achieving goals, developing a good work ethic, and earning everything I have. As a walk-on at Mississippi State, I earned the scholarship, along with some playing time."

Nate recalls it was during his senior year at Armwood when he was introduced to Tyrone Keys. "He's helped me tremendously in creating an interest in the school so I would be able to make that transition. I also owe my parents, Lillie and Walker Peoples a deep debt of gratitude for helping me stay focused and teaching me how to deal with success. They've always been there for me."

Nate said Keys did get to see him play in college, and go a bit emotional when he saw what he'd accomplished. "If there's one message I'd like to get to other young people out there seeking a career as an athlete, remember true perserverance pays off, and always prepare yourself for the real life that comes after sports."