Tyrus Thompson’s family motivates him to improve, make NFL

Most young, struggling parents are happy to receive help from friends and family.

Tyrus and Olivia Thompson, though, must turn down almost everything.

A friend offers to buy diapers? A distant relative wants to lend the couple — which only has one car — a vehicle? The Thompsons cannot accept, or else they put Tyrus’ future in very real jeopardy.

Such is life for a college football player who also happens to be a husband and father of two toddlers.

“If somebody gave me something for free and then somebody told OU, Tyrus would be suspended while they investigate it,” Olivia Thompson said.

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