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Former BYU cornerback Tim McTyer hoping his star shines in Hollywood

Published: Monday, July 14 2014 8:10 p.m. MDT

Utah receiver Kevin Dyson makes a leaping catch as Henry Lusk keeps BYU defender Tim McTyer off of the play. PHOTO BY GARY McKELLAR. (Submission date: 10/21/2002)

ERIC DROTTER, AP

Editor's note:This is the fourth of an occasional series spotlighting former athletes with ties to the state of Utah.

Among other things, Chad Lewis remembers former BYU cornerback Tim McTyer wearing No. 21, and making big plays — just like NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, who was known as “Prime Time.”

“Tim had a great career at BYU, and he wore No. 21. He looked like Prime Time,” said Lewis, an All-America tight end for the Cougars in the mid-1990s. “He played like Prime Time at BYU. When I think of his big hits and his interceptions, he was such a nice football player for us.”

In 1996, McTyer and Lewis helped the Cougars finish with a 14-1 record, win the Cotton Bowl, and secure a No. 5 final ranking in the polls.

McTyer’s heady play late in the Cotton Bowl against Kansas State helped preserve the school’s only New Year’s Day bowl game victory.

Lewis, and others, call McTyer the best cornerback in BYU history.

After his BYU career, McTyer, a Los Angeles native, had a four-year NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns.

Since his retirement from the NFL, McTyer has been keeping busy in a variety of pursuits.

He was the head coach at Banning High in the Los Angeles area for three seasons. He earned a degree from American Intercontinental University in media production, and completed graduate school at the University of Central Missouri in athletic sports and business administration. He also enjoys being a father, having played a big role in developing his son, Torry, a defensive back who now plays at UNLV.

Meanwhile, he launched a career in the entertainment industry — making him another type of Prime Time performer.

In 1999, McTyer started a record label, then put out a rap album (by the way, Sanders produced a rap album in 1994 titled “Prime Time”) in 2006. Now, he’s a stand-up comedian. McTyer has done some stand-up comedy in Los Angeles and he recently finished a play in Hollywood’s Fringe Festival called “I Laugh At My Own Jokes.” Currently, he has a pilot for a comedy show with Scorpio Studios that will be available on iTunes and Google Play.

McTyer would like to tour the country and perform comedy shows for NFL and college teams, a routine based on his experiences in football.

“My goal as an entertainer is, I would love to have a stand-up comedy show on TV,” McTyer said. “I would love to have a song on the radio. And I would love to be in some kind of show on TV or in the movies, all at the same time.”

While growing up, McTyer liked to joke around and was known as a class clown. McTyer took a comedy class in 2013, and he learned how to incorporate his own experiences into his humor. One day, he and a friend were at the Comedy Store in L.A. while comedian Guy Torry was performing.

“He dissed me not knowing who I was. There was another football player in the audience and they were cordial,” McTyer said. “I spoke up. He said, 'Who are you?' After I told him my name, he remembered me playing in Philadelphia. Afterward we talked and I told him what I wanted to do. The next week, he gave me five minutes on his show. That’s where I started doing comedy.”

When BYU played at the Cotton Bowl in 1996, the entertainer Sinbad performed as part of the bowl festivities, and McTyer remembers Sinbad doing some BYU jokes.

As part of his stand-up routine, McTyer explains that he grew up in Watts. “It’s not quite a jungle, but close enough,” he says, adding with deadpan delivery, “Then I went to BYU.” Just by saying those words, he gets a big laugh, McTyer said, because of the stark contrast between L.A. and Provo.

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