Hello folks, I’m Corey. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to have a career in professional sports. I was raised in a loving family that taught me the value of hard work and following my dreams. I was blessed with size and strength, and by the time my senior year rolled around, college scouts began to take notice. I attended Central high School in Louisville, which has produced a handful of other professional athletes over the years.
By the time I was a junior at Kentucky, I knew that I had a shot at playing in the NFL for a living. The smiles on the faces of my family and loved ones when they would talk about me playing football really served as motivation to keep on going hard toward my ultimate goal. Like almost everyone, I had some setbacks and some days where I doubted whether or not I was going to be able to achieve my dream, but I always have believed in my skills, and I’ve worked very hard over the years to develop my physique.
I was very sad to leave the University of Kentucky, where I made a ton of great friends and worked under a bevy of excellent coaches, but I was very excited about the chance to put on an NFL uniform. When the Atlanta Falcons called to let me know that they had plans of selecting me with their 3rd round pick, I had an overwhelming feeling of joy and satisfaction come over me. I knew that all the hard work had finally paid off, and that the next chapter of hard work and total dedication was about to begin.
I tried to hit the ground running in my first mini-camp, and I listened to everything that any coach had to tell me. Playing football at Kentucky was very fun and rewarding, but being on a professional team was an incredible thrill. This inspired me to work hard to hone my craft and be the best defensive player I could be.
We were able to compile a dominant 13-3 record during my first season with the team in 2010, but the Green Bay Packers knocked us out of Super Bowl contention. The 2011 season was every bit as fun, especially when I was able to scoop up a fumble and return it for a touchdown in front of my home crowd in a game against the Jaguars. We finished the season at 10-6, but had a tough time getting our feet set during a playoff game in New York.
We are poised to have another strong season in 2012, and the experience myself and others have gained from being in the postseason the past two years should pay off if we are able to make it there again. I would like to welcome each and every one of you to my page, and I will continue to play my heart out for all of you folks!