The Joke That Launched The Footy Friends On A Global Adventure
They were first across the line at the very first pit stop of the season, but Tom and Tyler were very close to not even competing in 'The Amazing Race Australia'.
Speaking to 10 daily via phone, Tyler admitted the pair had applied for the show as a bit of a joke.
"Someone tagged us on Facebook and we thought it would be pretty funny if we applied," he said, "When they said they wanted us to go to casting we were like, 'Oh... Should we?'"
Tyler thinks the fact that the pair weren't completely prepared for the application process actually worked in their favour as they approached casting laid back.
That laid-back attitude continued up until the race kicked off, with Tyler also telling us that he and Tom hadn't done any formal prep for the race either.
"Nah, we didn't do one thing," he said, laughing, "I don't know how you can prepare for it. We had never watched the show before so we watched a few episodes [of the American version] to know what we had gotten ourselves in for."
The pair met when they were 18-years-old, Tyler moved from Sydney to Melbourne and the pair played football together. Since then they've become close mates, lived together, have previously travelled together and now are teammates on the race.
"We know how each other works," Tyler said, "It's like in football -- if I yell at Tom he's over in a couple of seconds. That's how it was in the race."
While there was friction among some teams as they attempted to navigate some of the challenges, Tom and Tyler remained a tight unit, with Tyler struggling to remember a time when the pair clashed.
"It was a really positive experience!"
The pair's footy background did make the experience... shall we say a tad competitive?
"I can definitely see red at times," Tyler admitted adding, "Yeah, the competition got to me. I was probably pulling Tom along a couple of times. We're both really competitive but... maybe me a little more than Tom."
Still, it meant the boys weren't too worried about the physical aspects of the race. In fact, there were very few aspects they were worried about at all.
"I think because we've both travelled and travelled cheap before, the planes weren't too much effort. A lot of football camps you do, you're sleep-deprived and you work really hard," he said.
"We were prepared without being prepared. We didn't really get ourselves too stressed out going into it."
Here's hoping the boys have a winning strategy on their side.