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Former K-State safety Hartman brings local flare to Chiefs defensive backfield

Posted Jun 29, 2012

After a standout prep career in Wichita, Kan. and a successful college career at Kansas State, Tysyn Hartman looks to factor into the Chiefs defensive backfield

#46 Tysyn Hartman — Defensive Back — Kansas State

Pre-KC:

Hartman (6-3, 206) was a team captain for the Wildcats, playing in 50 career games at Kansas State. He finished his college career in Manhattan with 258 total tackles and 10 interceptions.

A Hays, Kan. native, Hartman prepped at Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School in Wichita where he was a three-year starter at both quarterback and defensive back. He actually began his college career at quarterback before moving to the defensive backfield midway through his redshirt freshman season.

Hartman never attempted a pass for the Wildcats, but did log three rushing attempts for 13 yards. He also returned 12 punts for 146 yards.

Must-See Statistic:

Hartman was an integral part of Kansas State’s football revival on and off the field.

With 69 tackles and three interceptions, the senior safety helped guide the Wildcats to their best season in more than a decade and earned an invite to participate in the 2012 East-West Shrine Game.

Off the field, Hartman graduated in three-and-a-half years with a finance degree and qualified for the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Role every semester of his playing career. He was also named a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete, becoming the first Wildcat football player to earn the honor since 1996.

“It’s a big mental step,” Hartman said of transitioning to the NFL game. “Fortunately, I don’t have to go to school anymore so it gives a little more time to work on it.”

Chiefs Nation Should Know:

Tysyn Hartman is hoping to become the second member of his family to play professional football.

Hartman’s father, Kerry Henderson, enjoyed success as a running back at Texas Southern before signing a free agent deal with the N.Y. Jets in 1993. Hartman, however, is pushing for an NFL career that extends further than the brief stint his father enjoyed. Henderson was released by the Jets during the ’93 preseason.

“I don’t know (where I stand), “Hartman said. “It’s all up to the coaches. I’m just trying to do my best and move up any way I can.

Hailing from a football family, Hartman played with brother Frank Delarue for four seasons at Kansas State. Delarue was a walk-on running back for the Wildcats.

Hartman wasn’t drafted by the Chiefs, but was one of the first college free agents signed by Kansas City and received plenty of opportunity during the team’s offseason program with starting safeties Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis sidelined with injuries.

“We’re getting a lot more reps and coaches are getting more opportunities to see us than they would be able to otherwise,” Hartman said during OTAs earlier this month.

“Eric and Kendrick have done a great job helping us out and giving us any tips and pointers in between plays. When we come off to the sideline, they’re always there to help us out any way they can. I couldn’t ask for more from them.”

Both Berry and Lewis are expected to be back when the Chiefs open training camp next month, so Hartman understood the urgency of making a positive impression during offseason practices when repetitions weren’t at a premium.

His most notable play of the offseason came during OTAs when he picked up a botched lateral from veteran quarterback Brady Quinn and raced 40-some yards to the end zone.

“When I first got here, it was so fast,” Hartman said. “It was hard to think straight, but after a few weeks it started to slow down - things go a little slower pre-snap and everything.”

With family still in the area and plenty of Wildcats fans doubling as Chiefs fans, Hartman’s big plays this preseason won’t go unnoticed.

“It definitely presents a nice opportunity, being so close to home and so close to my family,” Hartman said. “I’ve got family here in Kansas City and a few hours away in Wichita, so it’s nice to just have that feeling of home and people close by to talk to.”  

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