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Football is almost a part of the Texas DNA, and Baylor Bears tight end Sam Tecklenburg seems to have inherited a double portion.

“Football has always been a part of my life,” Tecklenburg wrote in an essay on the Baylor University athletics website. “From the time I could walk, I was out in the yard playing.”

Of course, it was not only Texas tradition that gifted his athletic prowess. Tecklenburg’s father had been a linebacker for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. That heritage, combined with parental lessons that convinced him he could do whatever he set his mind to, explain Tecklenburg’s sharp rise through college football.

His Baylor bio lists the 6-4, 306-pound tight end as “key team leader and anchor for the offensive line.” Having started 25 times on the offensive line, he has potential this year to play center or guard this year. In 2018, he placed on the Academic All-Big 12 second team, starting in all 13 games in which he played.

Ahead of the season-opening game against SFA, Tecklenburg reflected on what may lie ahead and what he calls the “best decision” of his life.

“I’ve built relationships with my teammates and coaches that will last forever, I was able to get a world-class education, and I met my fiancé all here at Baylor,” he wrote. “With just a few months left on campus, I hope we can accomplish everything we want as a team. Baylor will always have a special place in my heart.”