Tyrer was named AFL Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1969. He and Ed Budde at guard made a powerful left side. In Super Bowl IV, Tyrer and Budde opened holes for Chiefs running backs against the Minnesota Vikings' opposing defensive linemen Jim Marshall and Alan Page, respectively, gaining 151 yards on 42 carries (3.6 yards per attempt) and 122 net passing yards in the team's upset 23-7 victory.
Two of Tyrer's two sons, Brad and Jason, went on to football careers of their own. Brad played for Tom Osbourne's Nebraska Cornhuskers from 1983-1988, starting his junior and senior seasons. Tyrer and the Blackshirts defense led Nebraska to wins over LSU in the 1987 Sugar Bowl and Florida State in the 1988 Fiesta Bowl as well as a 1988 Big 8 Conference title. Jason was a defensive end for the University of Kansas under Glen Mason from 1988 to 1992.
Remaining in the Kansas City area following his retirement, Tyrer turned down an opportunity to serve as a scout for the Chiefs. He then spent the next three years as a salesman before tiring of the constant travel and investing in a tire business. However, a mild winter proved to be financially disastrous for Tyrer, who moved on to work for Amway.
This series of business misfortunes culminated on September 15, 1980 when Tyrer, the father of four, shot his wife and then committed suicide by turning the gun on himself.[dead link] He is survived by his four children.