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Continued: Counting their blessings: Tyrone and April Carter handle adversity

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 19, 2014 - 3:01 PM

Woodbury coach Andy Hill opened his facilities to Carter for a camp after meeting Carter and hearing his commitment to teaching fundamentals. Hill said he was particularly impressed by how much time Carter and Moss spent with the campers.

“The kids got seven or eight hours of work each day, and Tyrone Carter and Randy Moss were completely hands-on,” Hill said. “One kid described it as Tyrone was the defensive coordinator and Randy was the offensive coordinator, and they were fully into it.”

Carter takes particular interest in kids from tough backgrounds because he walked that path, too. He survived a rough-and-tumble childhood in which both of his parents abused drugs. He often shares his story with kids.

“I let them know that your situation doesn’t dictate your future,” he said. “I had some bumps along the way. I messed up. I was a bonehead. But I still kept that tunnel vision. That’s the message I try to get across to these kids.”

He sees evidence of perseverance every day. She sits across from him at the kitchen table, laughing after her lopsided victory in dominoes. Tyrone couldn’t help but smile, too.









 

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  • The world changed for ex-Gophers star Tyrone Carter and his wife April, who was paralyzed in 2004. But the couple stress the gifts they have over any limitations.

  • Four-year-old son Tyree napped on Tyrone Carter’s lap at their St. Louis Park home. Carter and wife April also have a 7-year-old daughter, Tyra.

  • Playing dominoes and caring for their children occupy some of April and Tyrone Carter’s time. “That’s why I’m so thankful,” April said. “I’m able to drive, get around, be mobile for my kids.’’

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