Lubbock Ninja vying for spot on national TV

Lubbock Ninja vying for spot on national TV
Tyler Humphrey (Source: KCBD Video)
American Ninja Warrior premiers Wednesday
American Ninja Warrior premiers Wednesday

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Tyler Humphrey has been working for five years, working for a chance to show his skill on national TV.

"I was honestly speechless," American Ninja Warrior Tyler Humphrey said. "When they called, I knew what area code to expect and I was like okay, that is the one. I froze, honestly, I couldn't say anything. It was just a speechless moment for me."

This past March he lived out his dream, as he competed on the brand-new season of American Ninja Warrior.

"It kind of was a surreal moment just stepping on the platform," Humphrey said. "You have a platform that raises you above everyone. You have the crowd below you and everyone is just watching you. Like all eyes, all cameras, everything. Everyone is just focused on you, and it's probably the most intimidating thing I have ever done in my life. "

Tyler told us that he was sworn to secrecy and couldn't tell us how he did but did say he had a solid run.

When asked what made the run so exciting, Humphrey said:

"I went in knowing I was strong enough to do it but getting out there, and touching it, and realizing, I can actually do this," Humphrey said. "I think that is what made it exciting. Just the fact that I gave it everything I had. I can't reveal anything yet, but after tomorrow I can tell you everything."

Tyler was one of 100 contestants who has the possibility of making Wednesday's season debut. He said the biggest obstacle he had to overcome was simply getting on the show.

"So many people apply for the show and so many people want to be an American Ninja Warrior, but there is so much just to get to that," Humphrey said. "You have to apply, you have do a video, you have to submit an application. Just getting through that and making sure I was going to get a call was my biggest obstacle."

Since returning home, Tyler has found himself a job training future American Ninja Warriors.

"I am an American Ninja Warrior, y'all are doing American Ninja Warrior. What can we do to help each other?" Humphrey said. "Working with kids has been pretty nice. Training them and getting them over their fears, hopefully raising the next generation of Ninjas."

American Ninja Warrior will air on KCBD News Channel 11 at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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