Tyrone Anthony Wheatley Sr. is an American football coach and former player. He played professionally as a running back for 10 seasons in the National Football League. Wheatley is the father of two cousins and his half brother, Leslie Mongo, who is now a high school athlete in New Jersey.
About Tyrone Wheatley in brief
Tyrone Anthony Wheatley Sr. is an American football coach and former player. He played professionally as a running back for 10 seasons in the National Football League. Wheatley was one of the most successful high school and collegiate athletes in Metropolitan Detroit history. He has served as the running backs coach for the Ohio Northern Polar Bears, the Eastern Michigan Eagles, the Syracuse Orange and the Michigan Wolverines on college; and for the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL. After retiring from the NFL, Wheatley returned to his hometown to coach his high school alma mater, Dearborn Heights’ Hamilton J. Robichaud High School. He is the father of two cousins and his half brother, Leslie Mongo, who is now a high school athlete in New Jersey. He was named to All-Big Ten teams in football and track and field a total of four times, and he earned portions of seven Big Ten championships. His father died of a heart attack when he was 13, leaving behind Wheatley, his sister, and half-brother, two-year-old Leslie Mongo. In 2004, with his imminent graduation, Mongo signed a letter of intent with Utah State as a defensive back. He later earned outstanding freshman athlete honors while playing for the Bergen County, New Jersey, Giants at the time at the outdoor track championships. He also earned All-America track honors in both high school and college. In high school, he was a member of state-champion teams in bothTrack and field and football. He became a nine-time MHSAA state champion in high school football. During his time playing football, he led the state of Michigan to eight football championships and eight state football championships while playing high school.
He led the team in rushing three times and twice finished among the NFL’s top ten players in rushing touchdowns. He realized that leaving Mongo in Inkster and merely providing financial support was not a solution because Mongo was still exposed to gang shootings. He moved Mongo to New Jersey for school and later became Mongo’s guardian during the time he was playing at the indoor track championships for the New Jersey Giants. He now coaches at Morgan State University in Morgan City, Michigan, a neighboring municipality of Inkster, a municipality of Dearborn, Michigan. His son, Tyrone Wheatley Jr., is the head coach at the University of Michigan’s football program, which he has coached since 2009. He currently also serves as the defensive backs coach at Michigan State University’s women’s football team, where he was the defensive back from 2009 to 2011. He previously served as a head football coach at Eastern Michigan University’s football and women’s basketball teams. He won the Michigan State high school state championship in football in 2008 and 2009. His daughter, Leslie, is a junior at Michigan, where she is a track and track athlete and also plays for Michigan State’s high school volleyball team. In his youth, he ran competitively with the Penn Park track team. He stood out for his discipline and promptness. As an eight-year old, he would take his younger siblings to basketball games, mapping out emergency plans for shooting outbreaks.