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May 7, 2010


Dolphins RB, Kory Sheets Interview

by Max Strauss

Kory Sheets played college football at Purdue University and was a threat as both a running back and a receiver out of the backfield. He entered the 2009 NFL Draft, but went undrafted. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers, but lost his spot on the roster in camp, so he signed on the practice squad. The Miami Dolphins needed another running back, so they signed him from the 49ers practice squad. This interview was done before the 2010 NFL season.

Strauss : So, Kory, you make it a habit to connect to the fans, why?

Sheets : Not really sure… but all of you make it a point to come to our games and I’m on Twitter to talk to people, so why not talk to the people that support me and my team?

Strauss : Who was your childhood star?

Sheets : Barry Sanders. He was exciting and explosive. And that’s what I want to be. He was a human highlight reel.

Strauss : If you could meet anyone in the world (alive or dead), who would it be and why?

Sheets : Martin Luther King because he was such a great man.

Strauss : What is your favorite song to listen to before a game?

Sheets : I listen to a lot of things. Hip-Hop and R&B… not just one song.

Strauss : What is your favorite movie of all time?

Sheets :  I like Curl Intentions.

Strauss : What is your favorite snack food?

Sheets : Pig skins.

Strauss : What is your favorite type of pie?

Sheets : Key lime and lemon pie.

Strauss : What is your favorite TV-Show?

Sheets : House of Payne and Martin.

Strauss : What is your favorite meal?

Sheets : Breakfast, so eggs, waffles, and bacon. lol

Strauss : What is your favorite video game?

Sheets : Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed.

Strauss : What is the one thing you can’t leave your house without?

Sheets : My backpack with both my iPods and my iPhone.

Strauss : What was your favorite NFL team growing up?

Sheets : The San Francisco 49ers.

Strauss : How long have you played football?

Sheets : I’m going on seventeen years.

Strauss : Did you play any other sports in high school?

Sheets : I ran track and played basketball.

Strauss : What is your favorite sport to play other than football?

Sheets : Growing up, I had a strong passion for baseball. Being left-handed and fast raised an issue for the other team.  I was better in baseball than I was in football.

Strauss : At what age, did you realize that you were going to play football in college and in the NFL?

Sheets : In the 5th grade, I realized someone would pay for your schooling if you played a sport better than most people.

Strauss : If you weren’t playing in the NFL (or after retirement), what would you want to do?

Sheets : Play baseball or become a marketing manager. After football, I hope I do not have to do anything, but raise my kids to become better than me.

Strauss : When did you see your first live NFL game?

Sheets : I didn’t see a live game until I played in one, my 1st preseason game in San Francisco and we beat Denver.

Strauss : What impact did your high school coach have on your career?

Sheets : They showed me a different way showed me that even though I may be better than most I still have to out-work and out-perform everyone else.

Strauss : Why did you choose the number 24 at Purdue?

Sheets : I wore 24 in high school and when I can I’ll change it to 24 in the NFL.

Strauss : Describe the hardest change between the jump from high school to college.

Sheets : It really wasn’t hard for me, I just needed a chance to get on the field and show that I was able to play this game better than the men across from me.

Strauss : What is your best memory from Purdue?

Sheets : It was my last game there I took Purdue Pete’s hammer and ran out the tunnel with it and I was happy to finally move onto the next level and take what I learned from my experiences at Purdue football.

Strauss : What can you expect from playing D-1 football?

Sheets : Nothing at all. It’s different everywhere you go.

Strauss : What’s the hardest workout for you to complete?

Sheets : Any type of long running.

Strauss : Describe the hardest change between the jump from college to the NFL.

Sheets : Learning to be a Professional, because just playing the game is only a small part.

Strauss : Could you have predicted how far football was going to carry you?

Sheets : Yes and I did. I knew I’d play in college and in the NFL. What I don’t know was how long I would stay in the NFL.

Strauss : As you’ve grown as a player, how important has film been to your development?

Sheets : It’s been one of my biggest things I’ve had to work on. Because I didn’t watch any in college. I felt like no matter what the team did in the past it wouldn’t be the same when I played them. So I watched myself so I would perfected my game.

Strauss : What do you look for when you watch film?

Sheets : Don’t know, I watch it with Lousaka Polite and he walks me through things.

Strauss : What was RB Coach, James Saxon really like? What have you learned from him?

Sheets : He is a cool guy and a fun coach. I learned that everyone isn’t out to get me and I should let people in, so they can help.

Strauss : What have you learned from Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams?

Sheets : This game is always changing and that I have to play my game and prefect my craft.

Strauss : How has special teams affected your football career?

Sheets : I’ve never done much of it in the past, but I’ll have to play a big part this year until I am a main part of the offense.

Strauss : What is your favorite quote?

Sheets : “Just because you know the ending doesn’t mean you know the whole story.”

Strauss : What is an experience you have had that changed your life?

Sheets : Not getting drafted changed it in many ways.

Strauss : For someone aspiring to play football in the NFL, what’s the best advice for them?

Sheets : Study! Study! Study! Know that nothing will be given to you. You have to take everything in life.

Strauss : Thank you for your time.

Sheets : No problem, thanks.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. May 8 2010

    Kory was originally brought in to work out with the Niners after going undrafted last year. I wonder if failing to make the roster for his favorite NFL team was a major disappointment for him?

    Didn’t know he was a SF fan.

    • May 8 2010

      nah…he made the team as a practice squad member, which is what any undrafted player could hope for… But when the opportunity presented himself to sign with on the roster with a team that needed a running back to carry the future, who wouldn’t sign!

      • May 8 2010

        Well, being on the practice squad isn’t really being on the team, and if there’s one thing I know about Kory, it’s that he has a pretty high opinion of himself. That’s not to say that opinion isn’t earned, but he’s not the type to enjoy being resigned to the practice squad.

        I’m sure he’s much happier on the Fins’ active roster. Here’s hoping he’ll one day get to contribute meaningfully to the team on a week to be week basis.

      • nflroundtable
        May 8 2010

        man..can’t reply to yours..
        I think he shoulda been drafted, but we’ll see.

        I think he’ll replace the aging ricky

        or the one year left contract player ronnie

  2. nflroundtable
    May 19 2010

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