Standing at a small 6'1" and weighing in at 215lbs, Tyler Palko is looking at the biggest game of his journeyman career. He has battled long and hard to get to this point. Born 8/9/1983 in the very small town of Imperial, Pennsylvania. His parents are Bob and Sally Palko. He has a brother and a sister. His brother Luke Palko was a WR at St. Francis(PA) and ended up the 2nd leading WR in school history. Luke was hired by the Arizona Cardinals in the scouting dept. in 2009. A position he remains in today. Tyler Palko's father, Bob, was his high school football coach at West Allegheny High School. Before Tyler, Bob was a QB at the same HS in the 70's. Starting for the High School football team since his freshman year, Tyler has always been counted on to do big things.
Tyler remembers drawing up plays on blackboards years ago. He remembers nights when he was in elementary school, watching game films with his father. These days, Tyler and his dad are regular movie-goers, usually every Tuesday and Wednesday night in the film room at West Allegheny. The feature is West Allegheny's team or an Indians' opponent.
"You know what I like about him is he's super smart," said Metro Index's Butler. "He knows how to play at a young age and has a great feel for the game. Vince Lombardi once said quarterbacks are born and not made. This kid was born to be a quarterback."Was 48-7 as a starting HS QB. Played Safety on defense and in his senior season recorded 80 tackles and 4ints. Lettered three times in basketball and once in track and field. Coming out of High School, Tyler recorded a 4.7 forty, 32inch vertical, and 19 reps on the bench. He was being compared to Mark Brunell at the time. With offers from Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State, he decided on Pittsburgh. Freshman year at Pitt in 2002, Tyler played very litte. He then went on to Redshirt in 2003.In 2004 he started and earned second team Big East, team offensive MVP, and team captain. In 2005 he was once again second team Big East and team Captain. He was also chosen to be QB over Joe Flacco in this offseason.
2006 Scouting Report: Truly embodies the "field general" moniker...is a leader in word and deed who plays the quarterback position with a keen strategic mind...enters his third year as the Panthers' starter... a two-time All-Big East honoree who has All-America potential...should be considered for the Davey O'Brien Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which annually are presented to the nation's top quarterback... the son of one of Western Pennsylvania's most successful high school coaches, Palko started drawing up football plays at 9 years of age...a lefthander, he complements his football knowledge with a highly accurate arm...also is very effective at tucking the ball and running with it when the opportunity arises... sets the pace with his work ethic and twice has been selected a Pitt captain
Palko's career totals of 8,343 passing yards with 66 touchdown passes rank him as one of the top-three passers in Panther football history.After a great college career at Pittsburg, Tyler Palko was now looking at the NFL Draft. Watching the draft and not seeing his name called, Tyler recieved a phone called during the 6th round of the draft. On the other end was none other than Saints head coach, Sean Payton. "If you don't get drafted, I'd love to get you down here and have the chance to work with you," Payton said.
There Palko was, at a draft-day get-together at Grandma Vesta Price's house, feeling pretty unloved despite being surrounded by his family. It had been a long, brutal weekend. Saturday wasn't so bad; Palko knew it was going to be a reach for a team to take him in the first three rounds. But Sunday was a bear. A total of 11 quarterbacks would be selected by the time the draft was done. Coastal Carolina's Tyler Thigpen was among them. Palko was not.
"Unfortunately, a lot of NFL teams go by the measurables," said Wannstedt, himself a former NFL coach. "They sometimes overlook the intangibles. That's a major mistake." The knocks against Palko are the same ones he heard since his high school days at West Allegheny when some suggested he would make a better safety than quarterback. He's not the ideal size. He doesn't have the strongest arm. His throwing motion isn't picture-perfect. "None of it is breaking news to me," Palko said.Tyler Palko did not fit in with the Saints future plans and was eventually cut on August 30, 2008. Then he signed with the California Redwoods in September 2009. Was cut and then signed with the Montreal Alouettes in October 2009 then realeased in November only to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Palko was released from the Steelers on December of 2009. The next year he was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs on March 3rd 2010. Tyler Palko has been on a long hard road to get where he is now. The man has performed very well in all his opportunities. He has the ability to overcome challenges when he faces them. He is essentially our very own "Rudy". So let us all join in....Palko Palko Palko!!