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Texas high schooler turns away from lucrative modeling career to play college football (video)

Feb 6, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT


Myles Crosby, 18, is the 11th-ranked male model in the world, according to — having posed for Calvin Klein in magazines such as Esquire, GQ and Vanity Fair. The Colleyville, Texas senior could “easily make a six-figure salary” as an international model, said Gerald Frankowski of the Kim Dawson Agency. But he’s giving it all up to play college football.

Crosby, who played safety at Colleyville Heritage High this past season, is expected to sign a national letter of intent with SMU today.

“I’m told I’m so stupid by every single person,” Crosby said. “That every single person in my shoes should drop out of school now and go make the money.”

Football has always come first for Crosby, who even skipped a fashion show in Milan last year so as not to miss a game.

“I have a passion for football and I want an education,” Crosby said. “This modeling crap could only last another year and then I’d have no education and never get to play football. I’d regret it for the rest of my life.”

Last season Crosby had 108 tackles, 13 pass breakups and two forced fumbles and was an AP Class 5A Honorable Mention All-State selection.

Crosby’s modeling career began when he was 16. His mom, Vera, a fashion photographer, took a picture of him playing basketball and sent it to a modeling agency. They called backl right away and invited him in for an interview.

At first Myles didn’t want to do it, but his mom convinced him to hear them out, then make his own decision. He signed on, and quickly became one of the country’s most popular male models.

But football was always his first love. Crosby:

“The modeling thing happened so randomly. I’m just trying to make as much as I can before college. Football is going to be my job when I’m there.”

  1. benihanagt - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    That Crosby is so hot right now.

  2. florida727 - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    I like this kid already (no, not THAT way of “like”). Anybody that can objectively look at a potential career and refer to is as “crap”, can’t be all bad, can they?

  3. lewp - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Isn’t technology cool? This high school where Crosby attends is about 4 miles from where I live.
    I go to a website that is written from California (with no tab at the top by the way), and find out about this young man, and it’s the first time I’m hearing this story. Too cool!

    ***Note, the Dallas Morning News has started charging for many of their stories, and I wonder if I just stop reading their on-line paper as regurlarly because of it?

    Anyways, good story.

    • florida727 - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      I’d dump the Dallas Morning News in a heartbeat. Time to send a message to them, and any others like them, that with today’s technology, the first one to try to profit from it outside ordinary ad space revenues, loses. Don’t need them. It’s not like any of their writers are so gifted, I’d lose sleep over NOT reading them.