Tyrone Sorrells — a 1982 Buford graduate, former three-sport athlete for the Wolves and member of the school’s athletics Hall of Fame — has died.

The former football, basketball and track athlete, passed away Thursday after an undisclosed illness, according to published reports. He was 55.

Though he stood out in all three sports, including being the leading scorer and rebounder for the Wolves basketball team and a state runner-up in two different sprint events on the track, it was on the football field in which Sorrells made his biggest impact.

He was named a Parade All-American his senior year and signed to play tight end at the University of Georgia.

But two years later, after playing on a Cotton Bowl winning team, Sorrells transferred to archrival Georgia Tech, where he finished out his career as an offensive lineman for coach Bill Curry, and joined fellow Georgia transfer John Dewberry in helping the Yellow Jackets to their second straight win over the Bulldogs in 1985.

Sorrells is survived by his wife, Tonya, his daughter, Bria, and son, Jalen.

Sports Reporter

Graduated from GSU in 1990. Have worked in sports journalism for the past 28 years, covering a variety of sports at the Gwinnett Daily News, AJC, Lafayette (La.) Daily Advertiser and Marietta Daily Journal before returning to Gwinnett at the Post in 2007.

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