Tyler Colby's stellar high school career as a standout two-sport athlete at Joel Barlow High came to a conclusion in June, and he has already begun his quest to use his versatile talents to play two sports as a collegian. The Easton resident will be one of the local honorees at the Fairfield County Sports Commission's Hall of Fame dinner on Oct. 18 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich.
A three-year starter for the Falcons' football and baseball teams, Colby earned division, conference and state honors for his exploits.
As quarterback of the football team, Colby rushed for 1,308 yards during his senior year to surpass the 3,000-yard milestone in career rushing yardage. He twice earned selection as the All-Southwest Conference quarterback and was an All-State honorable mention pick as an all-purpose player.
Perhaps the most memorable highlight of Colby's high school football career occurred early in the 2009 season when he led an incredible comeback in the fourth quarter to help the Falcons pull out a 36-35 victory at home over New Fairfield. The Falcons scored 23 points in the fourth quarter and rallied back from a 13-point deficit. Colby rushed for a touchdown, then fired a TD pass and completed the game-winning two-point conversion pass in the fourth quarter.
Colby had a career batting average of over .300 as a three-year starting outfielder for Barlow's baseball team. He batted a robust .476 as a senior and was named to the All-SWC team. Colby was also a two-time All-Patriot Division selection and All-State in baseball.
Off the field, Colby also received recognition during his senior year being named to the All-State Academic team. Last spring he was also Barlow's recipient of the SWC Leadership Award.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder, who also played basketball his senior year at Barlow, is now a defensive back for the Division III Salve Regina football team. He also plans on playing for the baseball team in the spring. Visit the FCSC Web site for ticket and advertising information.
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