Tamyra Lathon

Tamyra Lathon
Season(s) Played with the Divas: 2011, 2014
Jersey Number: 27
Nickname: Tazz
Position: DB
Age: 28
Height: 5-7
Weight: 150
Hometown: Washington, DC
High School: Riverdale Baptist School (MD)
College: Nyack College
Occupation: DHS HQ/Security Specialist


Tamyra Lathon Q&A

Who is your biggest supporter?
Mama Dukes is my biggest supporter. She’s my biggest critic, and she’s my biggest coach. Without her encouragement and pushing me to keep my head in the game, I would have left the world of sports years ago. She will always be my leading lady.
Who is your female sports idol?
None other than Pat Summitt. Her winning percentage was incredible. From the non-blinking gaze in her eyes to the way her players respected and responded to her, Pat Summitt was a force to reckon with before her untimely diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
Who is your favorite NFL player? Why?
Ray Lewis. This man’s passion is a passion that I would love in a leader if I couldn’t display it myself. Ray Lewis put his body on the line day in and day out. You saw the passion in his eyes, you heard it in his voice, and you felt it just by simply watching him. To me, he is the epitome of loving what you do and the team that you do it with. I cried along with him when he retired, because the NFL could never replace his passion and heart.
What are your favorite hobbies or special interests?
I’m not a “long walk on the beach” kinda gal, but I love blue Caribbean waters and sandy beaches. Motorcycle riding and car racing are my weaknesses. I love hanging with my closest friends and family. Basketball is my first born child and my first love. I’m addicted to Cirque du Soleil, and I love dancing…so much that my friends get annoyed every time I break out in dance moves.
What is your favorite book?
To be quite honest, The Catcher in the Rye has been my favorite book ever since the seventh grade. I’ve read the book three times over since then and still can’t get enough of the symbolism. My other close favorites are Pride and Prejudice, Of Mice and Men, and Reach for the Summit.
What are your lifetime aspirations?
To become wealthy by making a positive difference in whatever it is that I am doing. I want to become rich so I can find ways to give it back. I can’t take it to heaven, so why try to hold on to it?
What was the first sport you ever played?
Football was actually my first sport of choice, but when I was younger, the boys started getting bigger, so I had to choose another sport. I started playing basketball at the age of 12.
What is your favorite sports memory?
Scoring my 1000th college career point. It was very exciting. My family wasn’t there, because I went to school five hours away and the game was during the work week. My mom (bless her little heart) wanted me to hold out until the next game, but I had the hot hand that day. Sorry, Mom!
How did you get into women’s football?
I decided not to continue my basketball career after college, and since there aren’t really structured basketball leagues in the area, I decided to go back to football.
What was your biggest adjustment to playing women’s football?
I had to get used to the terms. I went from ‘slide’, ‘pivot’, ‘perimeter’, ‘man, you, ball’ to ‘windows’, ‘stack right’, ‘stagger line ups’ and all sorts of visual movements to get used to.
If you could play any other position, which one would you choose? Why?
Quarterback…football is not only a physical game, but it’s also very mental. Quarterbacks have the biggest challenge out of any position, and they have to be quick and smart. I’d love to give that a try, but I can’t throw for anything!