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May 14, 2011

Falcons DT, Corey Peters Interview

by Max Strauss

Corey Peters played college football at the University of Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference. While he was there, he totaled 146 tackles and 11 sacks. After his collegiate career, he entered the 2010 NFL Draft, and was drafted in the 3rd round by the Atlanta Falcons. Since he came into the NFL, he has totaled 59 tackles, 4 sacks, 4 pass deflections, and 1 interception. He has been one of the most promising young defensive tackles in the NFL. This interview was conducted before the 2011 NFL season.

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Announcement : My name is Max Strauss with http://prointerviews.org/, http://facebook.com/ProInterviews/ and http://twitter.com/ProInterviews/. I’d like to welcome you to the interview with Corey Peters. Peters attended University of Kentucky. He was a cornerstone on their defense for four years. He entered the 2010 NFL Draft, and was drafted in the 3rd round, 83rd overall by the Atlanta Falcons. He started 15 games for them last season, and got his first sack against the Panthers in the final week of the regular season. Here is the interview with Corey Peters and I hope you enjoy the collages also. Make sure to check below to read his answers to the personal questions.

Strauss : How do you connect with your fans? 

Peters : The way it works today is through social media. I’m really big into twitter. If anybody asks me anything on twitter, I’ll respond to it. I’m incredible blessed to be in the situation that I’m in. I’ve always been a person that feels like being able to play football and being able to play in the NFL is 100% God-Given. I’ll never be too big to stop and speak to anybody or sign an autograph for anyone. I just try to always be available, and to always make myself very approachable.

Strauss : You were in a movie, ‘Late Rounders’, what was that all about?

Peters : Late Rounders actually follows myself and four other guys, and starts from my journey right after college, combine training, to the combine and pro day, and then ultimately the draft day, and the draft party and all that stuff. I think it turned out really well. It did try to give you a perspective on those guys that are not first round picks. The guys who really have no idea on where they’re going to get drafted. It shows you the reality of the situation because some of the guys on the film don’t actually make the team. The reality is incredible, and that’s the real world for some guys.

Strauss : Was it a fun experience? 

Peters : It was very fun just hanging out with the guys. The cameras took a lot to get used to, but you got used to it and thought this will be good to have an opportunity to show to my kids, and let them see how I worked back in the day. 

Strauss : What was your high school football experience like?

Peters : My high school was very pleasurable and pleasant. I played at Central High School in Louisville, Kentucky. We were a good program and a good team. The coach there, Steve Serotte at the time,  was a good guy, and taught us right from wrong. He made us accountable for what we were doing, and I think that was most important thing for high school football.

Strauss : What was the transition like to Kentucky?

Peters : It was pretty good for me. I’m a hometown kid. I was graded pretty well coming out of high school. I was a recruit that a lot of people knew. I had an opportunity to meet a lot of the players before I came up there for the games and stuff like that. It was interesting connection, and I made great friendships, and an experience that I wouldn’t change for the world.

Strauss : What was it like to play in the SEC?

Peters : I think it’s a league like no other. It’s best college football league out there. If you can make it in the SEC, you can make it anywhere. I think it’s the best preparation for you to get you ready for the league. You got to bring your lunch pail every week and be ready to play. You are going to play some good opponents and some big guys. To put into perspective: To play defensive line, you’ll line up and practice against Mike Johnson. We did that together for four years of college, and an opening game, I went to Pittsburgh, and I lined up against Pouncey, who we played against his brother at Florida for four years. That’s the reality of the SEC football.

Strauss : Do you have a favorite memory from your days at Kentucky?

Peters : I don’t know… I had a lot of favorites. I felt like those experiences were blessed in my life. Some of the stuff that I remember the most, is stuff that you may not think, like riding that bus the airport after we won a big game. After we beat Georgia, and we rode back with my guys. Those are some experiences that I’ll always remember, especially the fun we had. Just had a great time talking and shooting the breeze. 

Strauss : What was your draft day experience like? 

Peters : For me, compared to what I’ve heard, I think I had a great draft day. I was targeted to be taken in the third round, and that’s what we were waiting on. So, it got to the third round, it wasn’t too much longer after that. I felt like the situation that I ended up with couldn’t of been better. I look forward to getting out there next season and improving.

Strauss : What was your first training camp like?

Peters : It was rough. You just had to go out there and battle everyday and keep proving your work. You have to let everyone know out there, that you’re out there to work and that you’re going to continue to work hard regardless of what happens. To come form a situation in college where you’re the big man on campus, and now, you’re the guy who is the low man on the totem pole, and you’re working your way back up which is a new experience. It’s something that I haven’t done since four years earlier in college. 

Strauss : Throughout your rookie season you earned significant playing time, what was it like to get your first sack against Carolina?

Peters : I just kind of laughed at it, because it was probably one of my worst rushes of the year to be completely honest with you. Sometimes, that’s how it just falls. I’ve had better rushes, and some great rushes throughout the season, and the quarterback got rid of the ball. Sometimes, it just happens that way, but it was definitely exciting to get that shot. I had all these celebrations planned that I didn’t end up doing.

Strauss : What was it like to be part of a winning franchise your rookie year and also go to the postseason?

Peters : It was great. They always say that it’s so much better when you’re winning. So far, in the league that’s all I’ve experienced. I would hate to be in a situation where that wasn’t the case. I have friends in organizations that have struggled recently. They’re attitude, not necessarily, is so much more tense about losing jobs, and that sort of thing. I hope we can continue to keep it rolling. I feel like we’re headed in the right direction there as a young team. Hopefully, we’ll be in the playoffs every year.

Strauss : Do you have a favorite memory from the Falcons this past season?

Peters : I don’t know. I remember rookie night when I had to take out all the older defensive lineman. We had a good time, and it was a fun experience. It was probably my first situation where I got to hang out with them, just kind of level with them and that sort of thing. As opposed to being a rookie and fetching them that sort of stuff, which I don’t mind. It was a nice experience even though it was on my tab (laughs). I had a good time, and it was a fun experience. 

Strauss : Do you have a nickname?

Peters : Nah… I mean, people call me, “CP”. That’s what people called me back home and in college. This past year, nothing really. Hopefully next year, we’ll develop some kind of nickname that gives more reference to me. 

Strauss : Do you have a favorite charity or foundation that you support?

Peters : I don’t, as of now. I’m trying to organize my foundation and that sort of thing. That’s still a whiles away, and in it’s building stages. I’m not sure exactly how I’m going to target the range of guys that I want to get to. I can tell that it’s going to be like something else. I’m trying to make sure that students make the transition from high school to college. I want to get them in there to take SATs and ACTs and to give them a kick-start and help them find scholarships and that sort of thing. That’s what I’m in the process with a couple other people in doing. Hopefully, it’ll be off the ground by this time next year.

Strauss : If you could describe yourself as any ice cream flavor, what would you be and why?

Peters : Whew… (laughs). That’s tough… Let me see (laughs). I don’t know I have to think about that one. I don’t know. I’m a pretty laid back guy, so something smooth, and tasty I guess. I would hate to say Vanilla, that’s too plain. Right? I don’t know. I’m a pretty laid back guy, and even chilled. I feel like I’m easy to get along with and that sort of thing. I’m a joy to be around. I’m going to say Vanilla, because everybody likes Vanilla. 

Strauss : For someone who wants to play in the NFL, what’s the best advice you can give them?

Peters : Honestly, I would say to just stay the course. Do what you can at every level. Don’t look ahead. In high school, I don’t think you should be thinking about getting into the NFL, I think you should be doing everything you can to be the best high school football player you can be, by making your coaches happy, and doing what they ask for you and that sort of thing. If you do that, you’ll get scholarship opportunities. You’ll get an opportunity to play college football. Once you get to college, you’ll do the same thing, try to impress your coaches, do what they need you to do, and be the best college football player you can be. If you’re one of the best college football players, you’ll get an opportunity to play in the NFL.

Strauss : Is there anything you want to tell your fans that we haven’t talked about?

Peters : The players want to play football. I know you want to watch us play football. I’m right here with you all in the same football. I’m just sitting back and hoping everyday that there’s a season and that the lockout is over as soon as possible.

Strauss : Thank you so much for your time Corey. I really appreciate it.

Peters : Alright, thank you!

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->Here are the answers to the personal questions.<- 

Strauss : If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why?

Peters : I would say Barrack Obama right now. I think everything that he has come to accomplish, regardless of what you believe in politically. I think everybody should take a step back and look at all he has accomplished. I think he’s a perfect person to look up to as far as following your dreams anywhere in life, that you can be successful.

Strauss : If you weren’t playing in the NFL, what would you want to do?

Peters : I want to go into education, so my ultimate goal was to become a teacher. Ideally, I would have liked to teach high school history, but teach in a way that would be fun, because it’s kind of boring the way a lot of high school teachers do it. I would want to make it interesting. I would want to be in a program where I would have the freedom to be my own boss, and do exactly what I want to do, and I think that would be the most effective.

Strauss : What’s your favorite subject in history?

Peters : I’ve always had a passion the Old South, which would be before the Civil War. That time period and leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation, and other important aspects of the Civil War. I have a passion for all types of history. You have to know where you’re coming from, and know where you’re going.

Strauss : Who was your childhood star?

Peters : From football, it was Emmitt Smith. I was a big Cowboys fan growing up. I wanted to be a running back when I was younger, but that ended early. I grew up watching the Cowboys.

Strauss : What’s your favorite TV Show?

Peters : I like ‘House’. That’s my favorite TV show. A close second would be  ‘Modern Family’.

Strauss : What’s your favorite movie of all time?

Peters : My favorite movie of all time is called, ‘The Wood’. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen it. My best friend and I while we were growing up used to watch the movie everyday.

Strauss : What’s your favorite type of pie?

Peters : Pecan Pie.

Strauss : What would your last meal on earth be?

Peters : I love seafood. So, probably some kind of really big seafood platter. Crab legs, Crab cakes, shrimp, lobster, that’s my deal.

Strauss : Thanks for taking the time to answer the personal questions.

Peters : No problem. Thank you.

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