COLLEYVILLE — Myles Crosby is a senior safety at Colleyville Heritage High School. He's the leading tackler on a team that's off to a perfect 3-0 start.
"He's tall, strong powerful and he's very explosive," said Colleyville head coach Mike Fuller. "He's extremely tough physically."
But there is another side to Myles that has nothing to do with football. One year ago at the age of 16, he became a model for Calvin Klein.
"It’s exciting and I'm blessed," Myles said. "There's a lot of attention that comes with it. I'm not really much of an attention person, so I have to get used to that. I have to juggle a lot of things around, but football is priority — then modeling. And after college, if modeling is what I’m meant to do, then that's what I’ll do."
It all began when his mom, Vera Crosby, who is a professional photographer, sent pictures to an agent. She always thought he had the right stuff, and it turns out she was right.
"I send it out and he responded right away, and he said, 'Can you please come tomorrow?" Crosby recalled. "I was so excited, but Myles had no clue. He got home from school and I said, 'Guess where we're going tomorrow?'"
"I thought I was being pranked because you don't ever think that that's going to happen to you," Myles said. "One year ago, I would have never planned or even dreamed of what's happening to me now."
"His pictures were up on Facebook, and I think a couple of days later he took them down because we were giving him such a hard time," said Colleyville Heritage wide receiver Austin McOmber. "It was all in good fun."
Last fall, Myles had to make a choice between a trip to New York for an important photo shoot or stay home and play football for his team. He chose football then, but there are some trips he wouldn't trade for anything.
"I was in the Caribbean last spring," Myles said. "I never thought I'd be there; just hung out on the beach with some of the top models in the world. It’s something not many 16-year-olds at the time get to do."