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Tyjuan Hagler is a native of Kankakee and a graduate of Kankakee Junior High. During his younger years, Tyjuan played a variety of sports, including baseball, and football for the Azzarelli Colts. Throughout his early athletic career, Tyjuan had aspirations of becoming a professional football player. While enrolled at Bishop McNamara High School, Tyjuan disciplined himself to become the best football player her could be. Tyjuan graduated high school in the year 2000 as a highly recruited scholar athlete. Having a highly motivated and positive with a determined attitude, Tyjuan received a full athletic scholarship to play football at the University of Cincinnati. During his years as a Bearcat, he helped the team win several bowl games and was awarded best linebacker in his class. Tyjuan finished his career and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelors degree in criminal justice, and was drafted to the Indianapolis Colts where he eventually won a Super Bowl.