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Raised in an NFL stadium, Tucker Fisk carves out his own legacy

Photo by Lorenzo Reyna

At an early age, new Stanford commit Tucker Fisk did what most NFL fans dream of doing: visit their favorite players inside the locker room.

But Fisk – who committed to Stanford on the night of Monday, Feb. 29 – is unlike any other NFL fan. The Class of 2017 tight end from Davis, Calif. got to interact with his favorite players through his father: former NFL defensive lineman Jason Fisk.

The younger Fisk grew up receiving V.I.P access inside NFL venues. Now entering his senior year this fall, the Davis High star has emerged as a big body 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end who is hard to guard and difficult to bring down. While he’s building new memories with landing scholarship offers from Stanford, Washington, UCLA, Cal, Washington State and Oregon State of the PAC-12, his top gridiron flashback was getting to know his role models behind closed doors.

“It was cool because I got a chance to meet all my other favorite players on my dad’s team,” Fisk said. “It (my favorite players) always changed depending on the teams he was on. When he was with the Rams he took me to see Steven Jackson, who was one of my favorite players.”

Jason Fisk placed his hand in the grass and rushed from the line for 12 seasons; suiting up for the Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns and the St. Louis Rams before they relocated to Los Angeles. The son looked up to his lineman dad while being raised inside an NFL stadium. Fisk’s father now serves as his biggest football teacher.

“He’s taught me so much,” Fisk said. “He played defensive line so he doesn’t know a whole lot about tight ends, but he’s taught me mechanics and playing football in general.”

He doesn’t have his dad’s size or defensive line dexterity, but the son plays like a throwback tight end who goes without gloves, dominates his blocking assignments during run plays and out-muscles defenders for the football in the end zone.

“I’m a good in line blocker. When I get the ball, I’m hard to take down. Those are my biggest attributes,” Fisk said.

Even though he jokes he’s bigger than most high school kids, Fisk says that he tries to improve his routes, hands and feet when he has practice time.

 

And while he and his family got a chance to experience life in the twin cities, Nashville, San Diego, Cleveland and St. Louis, Fisk said that he and his dad’s favorite place is where they currently live.

“Davis has been my hometown since I was five years old and my dad grew up here,” Fisk said. “This place is who I am and where I’m from.”

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Lorenzo Reyna

Lorenzo Reyna hails from the California's Central Coast, but has a bevy of experience with covering some fast-rising athletes from all over the Golden State. He's a former sports editor for The Reedley Exponent newspaper. His other credits include scout.com and nflevolution.com.
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