Kyle Lucas of Colorado Springs will be one of eight competitors on NBC’s “Titan Games” at 7 p.m. Thursday. The 28-year-old senior airman with the 2nd Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base couldn’t share the outcome of the episode, which was taped last year, but filled us in on his experience with the show.
If Lucas is the winner of Thursday’s episode, he will move on for a chance at the grand prize of $100,000 on the athletic competition show, which premiered Jan. 3 and is hosted by and executive produced by actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Lucas is one of 64 contestants.
A native of Dover, Del., and a former Penn State University linebacker, Lucas now manages Air Force satellites that provide GPS around the world.
A couple of years ago, Lucas tried out for another athletic competition show, Netflix’s “Ultimate Beastmaster,” and made it to the final round of tryouts.
“They said they’d keep me in mind for another show,” Lucas said. But he didn’t hold his breath. “Then, about a year ago, after The Rock announced the show they called me and said ‘We’d love for you to audition for the ‘Titan Games.’”
Lucas was floored. He had already planned to try out.
“They asked me if I had any friends who wanted to try out as well,” Lucas said.
He suggested his younger brother, Tyler Lucas, currently stationed in Germany with the Air Force, and former fellow Penn State football player Devin Pryor.
After trying out for “The Titan Games” along with some 10,000 other athletes, Tyler Lucas, 25, who also played football for the Nittany Lions, was cast alongside his older brother. Pryor landed on another Netflix show, Kyle Lucas said.
Their success had a lot to do with their conditioning.
“Since my brother and I played at Penn State, a lot of the hard workouts we went through, the discipline, the motivation, and the strict schedule we had, definitely played a factor in getting us physically and mentally prepared for what the show was going to throw at us,” Tyler Lucas told Onward State, a Penn State student-run news website, earlier this month.
The Lucas brothers got to spend more than a month together during training and taping for the show in Los Angeles.
“It was a super cool experience, with Tyler being in Germany, to have that time together,” Kyle Lucas said. “Before we were on the show we had no idea when we’d see each other next.”
Both brothers will appear on Thursday’s show, but Kyle Lucas couldn’t say whether they face each other in the episode. (Hmmm. This video posted on the “Titan Games” YouTube channel suggests the possibility.)
Lucas trains at Schriever and Peterson Air Force bases, and said his favorite workout is squats. Playing football is in his past now, but he enjoys obstacle racing and has competed in Spartan competitions. He’s considering running Denver’s Colfax Marathon this spring.