NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Work hard, play hard is how one student athlete is making a name for himself at North Myrtle Beach High School.
Tyler Gore doesn't say much, choosing instead to let his actions in the classroom and on the field speak for him.
As a little boy, Gore always held a football, especially when serving as the ball boy for the North Myrtle Beach High School team when he was 4.
Being an athlete has always been like second nature to him.
"I've had family members that played college, so I guess it's in my blood," Gore said.
Then there is his father, who serves as an assistant principal at North Myrtle Beach High School.
"I was always at the school, then he started coaching me," Gore said. "We've always been close; we've always talked about everything."
Since freshman year, Gore has been an athletic leader for the North Myrtle Beach Chiefs. Going against the grain, he said he doesn't think about the number of yards, passes, catches, or even touchdowns.
"I try not to keep up with all that stuff. I just let other people keep up with it, because I want to focus on the next game coming up and I just want to do whatever it took to help my team out and win," Gore said.
When he's not competing on the field, Gore is winning in the classroom. His grade-point average of 4.23 is one of the highest in his school.
Gore said he's not sure what he would be doing if he didn't have sports, and added he doesn't want to think about it. What he does know is he has to stay focused to achieve both in his education and in athletics.
Then there is encouragement from his family, who pushes him to aim high for his goals.
"I just always think about my family. I come from a good family, I come from a big family, and just to see them smiling after the game, and telling me good job is something that can't be replaced," Gore said.