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Tyler Palko (born August 9, 1983 in Imperial, Pennsylvania) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at Pittsburgh.

Palko was the starting quarterback at Pittsburgh from 2004 to 2006. He was not selected in the 2007 NFL Draft, but was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent. After spending the 2007 season on the Saints practice squad and occasionally the active roster, Palko did not play football in 2008. He joined the Arizona Cardinals on a future contract in December 2008 before being waived in September 2009. Palko then joined the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers in November 2009.

Palko attended West Allegheny High School in Imperial, Pennsylvania. Palko was the Associated Press 2001 Pennsylvania Big School Player of the Year at West Allegheny. He was a USA Today All-America Team (second team) and three-time Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WPIAL Class AAA Player of the Year. Palko also led his West Allegheny Indians to a PIAA state title in 2001 for AAA in Pennsylvania. At West Allegheny he played under his father in football, Coach Bob Palko, earning four letters in football; additionally he earned three letters in basketball, and one in track and field. In his high school senior year, he was named 2002 YMCA Tribune-Review Scholar-Athlete honoree. In 2002, Palko was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, an all-star game for high school athletes.

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