Who Is Corey Ballentine? New Details On Football Player Shot Hours After Being Drafted By The NY Giants

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Who Is Corey Ballentine? New Details On The Football Player Shot Hours After Being Drafted By The NY Giants
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Corey Ballentine is a cornerback who will help the dying New York Giants. The Giants seemed to be the longest running comedy last season so Corey Ballentine will be a player who makes a difference. He was chosen in this year's draft and was definitely one of the smarter choices, I won’t mention the Duke Quarterback who went 5-11 and was chosen in the first round. Who is Corey Ballentine?

2. I have a dream

Like all players in the NFL Corey was someone who dreamed of playing football since he was a little kid. He played for Shawnee Heights High School where he devloped his love for the sport and later got recurited to Washburn College. While at Shawnee Heights and Washburn, Ballentine played football and ran track, making Ichabod records for various indoor and outdoor sprinting events.

3. Keep going

He experienced a lot of pain and drawback and he even considered giving up his freshman year, but something inside of him kept him going. Something that we all experience when we know we are searching for our dream, faith. He won the Cliff Harris Award after his senior season, which is given annually to the nation's top small college defensive players. He was also named a 2018 second-team AFCA All-American.

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4. Combine

He ultimately tried out for the combine, an event to show the NFL organizations how athletic you are and how you can best help their team. He did alright for a player coming out of a Divison II college but nothing that wowed the recruiters.

5.Tragedy

When he and his former teammate Dwane Simmons celebrated Corey getting drafted something happened. An overnight shooting in Kansas at an off-campus party killed his friend Dwane Simmons. His mother, Yasmine, wrote, “Today I got news that no parent wants to hear. I’m posting this for all friends and family who love Dwane that I can’t possibly reach at this time. Dwane was a great kid, and I will miss my son dearly. Thank you God for allowing me to hug my son Tuesday, and tell him how much I love him and how proud I am to be his Yama. Please keep my entire family in your prayers. This hurts like no other.” Washburn later commented by saying, “Both Dwane and Corey have been great examples and representatives of the football team and of Washburn University in general. This was a terrible way to end a day which should have been a day of celebration and a day to look forward to Dwane’s upcoming year at Washburn and the beginning of Corey’s professional career.”

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6. What comes next?

It will certainly take weeks for Corey to repair his wounds which is a bummer since he’ll be missing rookie training camp. The Giants have made a lot of moves, some questionable and some are even laughable, but Corey Ballentine will make a fine player and was definitely one of their better picks. If Corey can fight through these situations he can lead the Giants to another Lombardi trophy. With additions like Saquon Barkley and Jabrill Peppers, we have a team that is packed with talent.

Steven Hall is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.