Boeck continues All-American father’s legacy at UTC

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — It’s one thing when a father gets to see his son play at the next level for a sport both love. However, when the son becomes a star at the father’s alma mater, that’s something extra special.

Mocs linebacker Ty Boeck is continuing his father’s storied legacy at Chattanooga — 30 years later.

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Boeck takes after his dad. That’s evident in the linebacker’s work ethic.

Boeck went from getting a handful of reps on special teams his freshman year — to leading the Southern Conference in fumble recoveries and having the second most tackles on the team his sophomore year.

“He was pretty much always telling me, ‘If you want to be what you say you want to be, you have to work at it.’ He’s kind of instilled in me that drive. He’s shown me what it takes to be special,” Boeck said.

Dad Troy knows first hand what it’s like to be special. He was Captain, All-Conference, and an All-American during his time with the Mocs in the late 80s.

“I think what he did I’m very proud of. He did some great things. They named an award after him. Not a lot of people get to say that,” Boeck said. “He’s in the hall of fame. He’s an All-American. I really don’t have any ambitions to live up to that, more than I’m just proud of what he did and to be able to wear the same colors that he did.”

“I’m not so much concerned about a legacy or anything like that,” Boeck’s dad Troy said. “I never have been. As every day goes by, I’ve always told him that I just want him to be his best — to go out, compete, and be the best football player, or whatever endeavor he chooses to pursue, just be the best at whatever you choose to be the best you can be”

Troy impressed that competitive mindset on Ty since he was young — coaching him from Pop Warner to high school at Soddy Daisy.

Now, he gets to relax and watch his son play from the stands.

“Well, now when I mess up, I’m not as hesitant to go over on the sidelines, because in high school, I knew I’d get an ear full,” Boeck said, laughing.

“It’s really different,” his dad said. “I just get to watch my own kid. I watch when he wins. I watch when he loses. I enjoy both of them. It’s great, you can’t trade that for anything.”

“I wouldn’t wish for another dad. I love him. He’s a great dad. I’m proud to be his son, for sure,” Boeck said.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."