LSU football players visit marine institute

Peter Silas Pasqua
LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson and wide receiver Demetrius Byrd speak to students at Donaldsonville Louisiana Marine Institute about making positive decisions Thursday morning.

Less than 24 hours after speaking at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala., Edgard native and former West St. John standout, Tyson Jackson, an LSU senior defensive end, spoke to students at Donaldsonville Louisiana Marine Institute.

Donning LSU's traditional white uniform, Jackson was joined by LSU senior wide receiver, Demetrius Byrd, a Miami native, who sported LSU's limited edition purple jersey with a pelican emblem worn against Tulane last season to assist in Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts in New Orleans.

Both were members of LSU's 2007 National Championship team that defeated Ohio State in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans Jan. 7 for the crown.

"It was so exciting," Jackson said at Media Days. "I grew up about ten minutes from the Louisiana Superdome so it was a huge thrill for me. I couldn't wait for the game. It was very amazing."

The two Tiger stars spoke to the students about leadership, discipline, family, commitment, peer pressure, choices and the consequences of bad choices.

Both players spoke about their personal lives as well as their life as LSU Football players.

Jackson, a first-team All-SEC preseason selection, was recently named to the Chuck Bednarik and Hendricks Awards preseason watch lists. He has wracked up 86 tackles in his career including 16 for losses and 14 sacks.

"It's really not hard to move forward if you have a team that is hungry like we are," Jackson said at Media Days. "We know what we have to do."

Byrd, a second-team All-SEC preseason selection, has 35 receptions for 621 yards and seven touchdowns in his career at LSU.

Jackson and Byrd provided insight into the multitude of positive decisions that they have made in the past and how those good decisions provided various opportunities. 

"They were awesome," community coordinator Tamiko Francis Garrison.

The players also provided examples of decisions that were not so good, but explained how they learned from their mistakes.  

After the motivational dialogue, Tyson and Demetrius graciously posed for pictures with the students and signed autographs.

DLMI board chairman John Carmouche arranged the visit.

LSU football players Tyson Jackson and Demetrius Byrd were invited to speak at the Donaldsonville Louisiana Marine Institute by board chairman John Carmouche.