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Fleet Wins Gold 50 Years After Grandfather

Since he was a little kid, Robert E. Lee's Tyler Fleet had admired his grandfather's state championship gold medal.

Fifty years to the date Tyler's "Paw-Paw" as he called him won the gold in the discus throw, Tyler brought home one of his own.   

"My uncle and my dad both went to regional's, but it's been 50 years since anybody has been at state and we just happened to win gold exactly 50 years apart," Tyler explained.

As a Gilmer Buckeye in 1957, Robbie Fleet brought home the state title in discus. With one throw Saturday, his grandson knew he had done the same.

"I knew as soon as it came off my hand that it was the perfect throw I was looking for," Tyler said.

Tyler's throw of 187 feet and five inches earned him first place. He credits the extra strength in part to his good luck charm: his grandfather's gold medal.

"I was just sitting there holding it in my hand," Tyler said, "and just staring at it thinking about 50 years ago it was presented to him and just picturing me on the award stand being presented the same type of medal."

Tyler lowered his head for his medal just as his grandfather had done. All while his father looked on from the stands.

"I saw him getting a little choked up and he was tearing up a little bit," Tyler said of his father, Robert E. Lee Coach Gary Fleet."Just all the memories came rushing back of his father."

"Words cannot describe how proud  I am of him," Gary said.

Tyler is proud to not only resemble his grandfather in looks but in talent.  "A lot of the pictures it's weird. Not only do we look a like but we are almost at the same position in a throw, the same pose."

Robbie Fleet passed away 11 years ago but Tyler knows what his grandfather would say if he had been at the field Saturday.

"He would just say that he's never been more proud...."

Tyler will also follow his grandfather's college footsteps. Next year, he will attend Abilene Christian University.

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