2017 Mississippi Valley State Hall of Fame Inductee
Tyrone “Ty” Timmons Jr., a native of Tampa and former Progress Village Panther. He was a two-sport athlete at Tampa Bay Technical High School from 1999 to 2002, as well as an academic scholar. He earned an athletic scholarship to Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, MS, where he graduated with cum laude honors and received his bachelors of Science degree in the spring of 2007.
On the football field, Timmons became the third wide receiver in MVSU’s history to have a 1,000-yard season and finished as the #4 All-Time leading WR for his career. Timmons earned many honors during his time at MVSU. In 2003 he set three new freshman school records for the most catches in a season, receiving yards in a season and yards per game average for the season, previously held by Jerry Rice. He also was a Freshman All-American. In 2005 he was selected as First Team All-SWAC, Second Team Football Gazette NCAA I-AA Southwest All-Regional Team, NCAA Division I-AA All-American Team and NCAA Division I-AA Academic All-American Team. He was selected to the 2006 Preseason NCAA Division I-AA All-America team, 2006 First Team Black College All-American, Preseason First Team All-SWAC, Second Team All-SWAC, and NCAA Division I-AA Academic All-American Team his senior season. Timmons finished his career with 148 receptions for 2,285 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is awarded Greatest Freshman of the 2000-2009 decade and also is named the Greatest WR of the 2000-2009 decade. Timmons is named on MVSU’s All-Time All-freshman team, 2000-2009 All-Decade team, All-Time All two-way player team and All-Time All-Academic team. He is also ranked in the top 100 football players in MVSU history and in the Top 250 Greatest players in MVSU history.
Timmons went on to become an undrafted free agent signee to the New York Giants in 2007, and later that year, he signed to play for the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2008, he won Rookie of the Year for the Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football Franchise, and in 2010 he broke the 25-year franchise record set by Arena Football Hall of Fame member George LaFrance for the most receiving touchdowns (44) in a season.
Timmons is the 6th player in Arena Football history to record 9 touchdowns in his first 3 games, joining arena football legend Eddie Brown. Timmons pro career numbers from 2008-2010: 215 receptions 2,705 yards and 85 Touchdowns.