TROY - Former pro football player and Trojan standout Lawrence Tynes will provide the keynote address at the University's summer commencement exercises, scheduled for 10 a.m. on July 24 in Trojan Arena.
Some 350 students representing 25 states and six nations outside the United States are expected to participate in the exercises. Tickets are not required for attendance. The ceremony will also be streamed live at www.troy.edu/live.
Inducted in the TROY Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, Tynes, who was team captain for of the Troy Trojans football team in 1999 and 2000, was place kicker for six seasons with the New York Giants, and holds the distinction as the only National Football League kicker in history with two playoff game-winning field goals in overtime to put the Giants into the Super Bowl Championship game. He has been a member of two Giants Super Bowl-winning teams.
He also played with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he set the NFL record four field goals in one quarter (against New England in 2005), and with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tynes' professional football career also includes two years with the Ottawa Renegades in the Canadian Football League, where he set the franchise record 51 field goals and 198 points in the 2003 season. He spent one season with the Kansas City organization playing NFL Europe for the Scottish Claymores.
He has served from 2007-2012 as a volunteer with the New Jersey Food Kitchen, during which time he was also head coach of New Jersey Special Olympics Punt, Pass, Kick.
In Oct. 2014, Tynes became senior vice president at Wheels Up, a New York-based private aviation membership company where he leads membership sales in a seven-state region that includes Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.