Hello, I am @JustinBerendzen on Twitter and this is one of my free agent interviews where I ask very deserving free agents questions about the players themselves and about what a team would get in these players. All of these players should get picked up by NFL, CFL, and XFL teams and get a shot at being a career football player. So I hope you all read this interview with Corey and follow his journey on Instagram.
What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?
Football was in my blood its always been apart of me. From the time I was brought into this world I’ve always had a football in my hand it’s always been my comfort blanket from life. So I think that’s what pushed me to it more and more as I grew up. The world around me could be burning down but while I was playing/watching or training for the upcoming football season I was at peace and happy.
What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?
I bring the energy of a warrior to the football field when I put that helmet on and go on the field I will do anything within my power to make sure me and my teammates win and make it back together.
What sets you apart from other running backs?
Something that sets me back from other running backs is my versatility if you look in any league at any teams running back core they don’t have a player like me. You either have the speed back or a power back randomly you will get a back that can fit in that hybrid role but would be better if they had a little more power, speed, could catch better or could running better routes. I’m able to do it all I’m currently a member of the USA track and field team as a sprinter making a run for the 2024 Olympics so I have the speed, I’ve also played slot receiver my first 3 years playing professionally so I can run routes and catch like a wide out. When it comes to power I can lift with the best of them I weigh around 190 pounds and squat 450 pounds so the power is there.
What is your typical training routine?
My typical training routine starts off with weight lifting depending on the day it could take a hour and a half to two hours to finish then then I will do some agility/position drills the position drills also vary since I do still commit sometime to receiver position drills and special teams, and do track speed training four days out of the week.
If there was a billboard with 5 of your traits on it which 5 traits would be up there?
5 traits about me would be determined, relentless, passionate, adaptable and irreplaceable.
What are your favorite moments from your football life?
Still to this day my favorite football moment was signing my first professional contract back in 2017 with the Tampa Bay Storm. It was 5 months after I decided not to reenlist my active duty military contract to continue chasing my dream. That showed me this was what I was meant to be doing.
If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?
If I could hangout with any player past or present I would pick Reggie Bush he was always my favorite running back loved his style of play and he was the back I was always compared to while I was playing in high school.
What should you know about Corey Brown Jr the person?
I’ve experienced a lot of loses, hurt, and pain in my life that made me grow up a lot faster then most people should of but it built me into a person who will do anything in my power to see others succeed in life and I’m a person who will stop at nothing to get to the next level.
How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?
One thing the military has taught me is the ability to adapt so I never let challenges discourage me. I analyze and find another approach.
What would a team get in a player like you?
A team will get a red diamond which is the rarest form of diamond you can find in nature. I say that because I believe I’m not like any of the running backs in the league now. I’ve been to war twice instead of playing in college and when I wasn’t deployed I was working on my craft and playing for my military unit so when I got out playing in college wasn’t a option to get seen so I took the opportunities as they came so I’m pissed off for greatness. Meaning whoever picks me up next will have a dog and I will be in the conversation as one of the top running backs every season I’m playing given the opportunity hands down.
What do you think are the keys to success on the football field?
The keys to success on the football field is determination and passion if you don’t have one of those two things you won’t ever make it.
What do you love about the game of football?
There isn’t anything about the game of football I don’t love this game saved my life and has always been there for me when I had nothing and no one so there isn’t just one thing I love about it.