Coach Chuck Miller of Mt. Tabor was once asked to describe a perfect tailback. He said the back would be about six feet, 180 pounds and would run the 40-yard dash in about 4.4 seconds. He would be an elusive "game breaker" with the moves of 0.J. Simpson. He would be a highly competitive leader but modest and team-oriented. And his name would probably be something memorable like Tyrone Anthony.
Back in 1977, Coach Miller had his man who was rushing for 12 yards a carry and who indeed reminded many observers of "The Juice" because of his gliding, yet powerful style of running. By the time Anthony had glided through the ninth and tenth grade league, he had broken all rushing records in addition to kicking-off and kicking extra points.
There was a saying at West Forsyth during the 1978-79 and 1979-80 seasons that went "as Tyrone goes, so goes West." During the 1978 season, Anthony racked up 1099 yards. Anthony's three-year totals and his grade point average made Clemmons and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County a recruiter's paradise.
After achieving All-City/County (1977-1980), All District (1979, 1980), All-State (1979,1980), Shrine Bowl (1979), Carnation Prep All-America (1979), Anthony chose UNC-CH to pursue his college career. Anthony was impressive enough with the Tarheels to land a job in the third round with the New Orleans Saints. After being voted the Saints' Most Valuable Rookie in 1984, Anthony played a second season in New Orleans but ended the campaign with a nagging pain in his back. Doctors told him he had a ruptured disc and continuing playing might risk paralysis.
Anthony has hung up his spikes and presently serves as a Winston-Salem firefighter. He also owns a landscaping company, T.A. Developing, Inc. In his spare time, Anthony stays involved with football by coaching the Pfafftown Packers' Pop Warner football organization.
Anthony is married to his college sweetheart, Bertha, and they have one child.