April 5, 2020

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Diamond In The Rough: Ayann Tiam

When you attend a Clear Falls football game, your eyes will immediately land on Ayann. At 6’3 and 230 pounds, Ayann is a giant on the field. His large stature makes him easily one of the most physical linebackers in high school. He is an extremely versatile player, lining up and playing defensive end a lot of his senior season. Ayann size would suggest a slow player, but his speed is what sets him apart from other big men. He can often be seen chasing down running backs and tackling them from behind. Ayann’s size gives him the strength to blow up offensive linemen and create big plays for losses. With a 3.5 GPA, Ayann is a diligent student who enjoys school. You can learn more about Ayann below.

When did you start playing football?

  • I started playing football back in Little League. Football was the first sport I was attracted to when my family moved back to the states from France. I always loved the speed and physicality of the game, especially in the NFL. It was always really exciting to watch the players compete and it inspires me to do my best to this day.

Who is your favorite NFL player?

  • Khalil Mack is easily my favorite player. I’ve always loved his strength and physicality and how he leaves everything on the field. He wasn’t heavily recruited out of high school so that really inspires me to push myself even when I face adversity.

How would you describe your playing style?

  • I play a very aggressive game. I try to use my strength to overpower the other player every snap.

Who has influenced you most in life?

  • I would say my Dad. He’s taught me a lot of life principles, such as hard work and the value of academics.

How do you balance school and football?

  • I’ve always found school to be pretty easy, so I haven’t had any difficulties balancing academics and football. I have always been pretty good at school, especially in science classes. That’s why, when I go to college, I want to major in either premed or engineering. I really want to be a doctor one day.

Do you have any goals for the season?

  • Since this is my senior season, I just want to take it all in and enjoy it. I’m going to do my best every night and be the best football player I can be, but I’m not worrying about the numbers or awards. It would be a dream come true if we could go deep into the playoffs this year.

How do you lead your team?

  • As a senior, I have a lot of leadership roles. We have a lot of young players, so I try to share all the knowledge I’ve built up these last few years. I have a lot of experience and I try to help my teammates as much as I can. When something goes wrong on the field, I try to encourage the team to keep their heads up and continue with the game. I have that mentality of “It isn’t over, till it’s over” and I try to get my teammates in that same head space. 

What sets you apart from the competition?

  • I would say my motor. I never stop during a game and I never get tired. I’m also super dedicated off the field – I’m always gonna be the guy who works the hardest, be it in the weight room or in practice or in game. I also think my strength and physicality set me apart from everyone else.