Crosby leads Nassau County football team
Kyler Crosby hit his senior season hard and received numerous accolades for his efforts.
The West Nassau senior led the Warrior offense and also assisted on defense. The utility player and his teammates gave all they had as they wrote school history on their quest for a regional title. Though they came up short, they did win their first regional playoff game at home, which had not occurred at Warrior Field any year prior.
“Everybody was so excited for that,” Crosby said. “The attitude, it was already win every game we can.”
Crosby, who leads the All-Nassau County Football Team as its most valuable player, credits the Warrior defense with much of the team’s success.
“The defense got a lot of stops, so they put the ball in our hands as much as we wanted,” he said. “It’s the best defense we’ve had in a while.”
That defense includes fellow all-county honorees Levi Mumford, who led the Warriors with 114 tackles and had two sacks, Garrett Anderson, Jeremy Starling, Dayne DiMaria and Cameran Atwater.
Crosby assisted the Warrior defense with 26 tackles and two blocked field goals. He loves the contact.
“It gets me all hyped up to do it,” he said. “It’s not fun to get hit, but if you lay the hits, it’s a lot better.”
He’s thankful for the hometown fans who filled the stands at home and traveled to cheer for West Nassau.
“Everybody freaking out, that gets us hypoed up, looking up at the stands at everybody,” Crosby said.
The Warriors’ playbook was also key, as well as large offensive linemen.
“With the offense we run, it helps me and Walker (Wright) both, because they never know who they’re getting,” Crosby said.
Wright, Wyatt Johnson and Jeremy Gunter also had big moves for the Warrior offense.
In Crosby’s role as running back, he scored 16 touchdowns in 2017 while rushing for 1,356 yards. He also received for a touchdown. Though he said it feels great to score, he doesn’t overly celebrate after a touchdown.
“You’ve got to act like you’ve done it before,” he said.
The Warriors finished the year 9-2, with a regular season loss to Bradford and a loss to eventual state champion Raines in the regional final. Bradford lost to Raines in the state semifinal. It’s still surreal that Crosby’s high school football days are over.
“I want to thank my coaches for sure,” he said. “That was like the best four years ever.”
Crosby recently committed to Valdosta State University.
“It has great football, great coaches and great academics and it’s close to home,” he said.
He plans to study criminal justice with hopes of becoming a Jacksonville detective.
Crosby was also named to the Times-Union’s All-First Coast Third Team and earned a spot in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Dallas Jan. 22.
His advice to younger players is to stay determined.
“You’ve got to work out as much as you can,” he said. “You can’t take any days off.”
He added that it does not matter which school you attend, so transfers are not necessary.
“If you’re good enough, you’re going to get seen,” Crosby said.
He runs the viaduct near West Nassau, the stadium bleachers and track regularly and also lifts weights daily. He set his sights on collegiate football during his Pop Warner days.
“I told my Dad I was going to play at the next level,” he said.
Crosby is also an avid hunter and fisherman. He is the son of Kenny and Kim Crosby of Callahan.