A graduate of Hazleton High School, Carlyon starred in football, basketball, and base-ball during his high school career. He was a three-year starter on the basketball and baseball teams, and a two-year starter on the football team. During his high school basketball career, he set five Hazleton High School scoring records: best average one season (23.4), most career points (843), most points in one season (468), most field goals in one season (183), and most career field goals (341). He was named to the All-East Penn League All-Star Team in 1962 and 1963 and was East Penn scoring leader in 1962 and 1963. In 1963, he received the Scotty Roman Award as the outstanding athlete in the Hazleton area. After receiving approximately seventy-five scholarship offers in basketball and football, he selected a full athletic scholarship in football to Boston College, and in 1967 graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. At Boston College, he was a starting guard on the freshman basketball team coached by the basketball legend, Bob Cousy, and played in the backcourt with Mr. Cousy at each practice. He did not continue with his basketball career as a result of his football scholarship. Although a quarterback in high school, he was recruited as a safety/corner back and started in the 1964-66 seasons in a developing and successful football program at Boston College. Playing football powerhouses such as Penn State, Syracuse, Miami, Tennessee, and others, he had eight career interceptions and had an outstanding punt return record. Following college, he attended Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1970. He has been a practicing attorney in the Hazleton area since 1970 and resides in Sugarloaf Township, Pennsylvania. He is married to the former Annett Sist. He has two children, Thomas Jeffrey Carlyon and Leesa Carlyon Zarola. He also has two grandchildren.