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Posted May 3, 2012

Off-field accomplishments pave the way for grounded football standout

Credit: Joseph V. Labolito

By all accounts, Wayne Tribue has had an amazing senior year.

The 6’4 offensive lineman was one of only nine Owls to start during every football game this season. He was selected for the All-MAC Third Team for the 2011 season. The Owls finished their 9-4 season with a win at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. And he recently was signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos.

But for Tribue, the pinnacle was an honor he received for work he had done off the football field.

In September, Tribue was named to the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The honor, which Tribue didn’t even know he was being considered for, rewards college football players for their commitment to community service. The 22-member Good Works Team was recognized during this year’s Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, and the members got to run football drills at a day-long camp.

The honor recognizes Tribue’s work in the community. He has volunteered to help at kids camps, spearheaded Thanksgiving Food Drives and read to children at Dunbar Elementary School.

“What’s great about volunteering at Dunbar is that when I’m walking around on campus, the kids see me and recognize me,” he said. “I just try to be a good person. If I have the time to give back, I’m going to give back.”

Sometimes, though, it was hard for Tribue to find the time. Between volunteering and football, he worked hard to get his degree in biochemistry. But balancing it all wasn’t always easy.

“Sometimes I had to miss class because of games,” he admits. “And after practices and meetings, sometimes I just didn’t feel like doing homework.”

But Tribue got through it, and even managed to squeeze in time to study for and take the MCATs.

The York County native came to Temple because he was looking for a college that he was comfortable at. After touring the campus and watching the football players practice, he knew that Temple was where he belonged. “It just felt like it fit,” he said.

Tribue’s favorite thing about Temple was all the different people he was able to meet. However, his parents remain his role models.

With a possible future in the NFL, it seems like the sky's the limit for Tribue. But he approaches the opportunity with his feet planted firmly on the ground, and an understated grace.

“I'm really excited to have the opportunity to continue playing football after college,” he said.

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