Cory Murphy | Delaware State University | QB
Q: Tell us about your college (or pro) career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like. Why did you choose (Enter school name)?
A: I have never been formally recruited to any school throughout my career . When I walked on to San Jose state university I only walked around the football field at a practice and was sold because they were a local FBS school . Then when I received a scholarship to Delaware state they called and I signed sight unseen because they were my only d1 offer late in may on my transfer year from my junior College .
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My biggest accomplishment during my sports career is earning over 60,000 dollars in scholarship money . With that scholarship I was able to achieve my goal of earning a bachelor science in intergraded studies. That field has two focus areas for me they were sports management and movement science . I have had success on teams and post season accolades but my b.s is my biggest accomplishment .
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at (Enter school name)?
A: One of the most important things I learned from the coaching staff at Delaware state is how to endure through any circumstances. When times get rough continue to persevere through .
Q: How was your career impacted due to the 2020 pandemic and what have you learned from the adversity?
A:Fortunately my career wasn’t really affected much by the pandemic . Before the pandemic I was set to play with my local semi pro team while trying to earn a spot with my local ifl team , the Oakland panthers . I was in talks with the coaching staff on the panthers but they didn’t sign me . I remain optimistic that everything was for the best . I believe I have made the most of my time off and I am even more physically prepared because of it . Even the time away from the gym . That forced me to incorporate yoga and a lot of body weight exercises which felt amazing.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: I am in a different Spot than most of the guys that will be at the combine. I am 29 years old. I stop playing football for three years and came to the reality of having to go pro and something besides football. So I have been trying to build my QB clients and I was planing on coaching on a local junior college staff before the pandemic and will return to coaching very soon . During my time away from football I dumped a lot of energy into my other passion . Which is fitness . I worked as a trainer while also working on my own health and fitness. Which is part of the reason I came back to pursue Football. I feel I am in the best shape of my life and I am ready for an elite level football opportunity.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: A common description of me from my past teams would be that I am a hard worker and leader . I stay in the gym and in the film room . I am always encouraging my teammates to improve everyday .
I have a daughter who is 15 months, a brother, a sister, cousins, parents whose lives would all be different if I reached my football aspirations.
~ Cory Murphy
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A:The most memorable play of my football career had to be the only last second touchdown pass for the win I have ever had . it took place on my high school JV team . Play action bootleg touchdown to win a 12-6 game vs menlo atherton .
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest Challenge in my football career would have to be my injuries during junior college. I had my AC joint surgery during my freshman season and I returned my sophomore season feeling amazing and after throwing four touchdowns in a quarter and a half I break my hand on our season opener. I learned from those injuries and I also learned from the miss management of those injuries. I was so eager to play and show off my talents I came back from the broken throwing hand in just 28 days and played with a knee pad taped to the top of my hand . One lesson I took from it is No matter how bad you want things sometimes you just have to wait for your moment. In hindsight I wish I would have taken the medical redshirt year .
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: The type of quarterback I think I compare to the most is Aaron Rodgers because of his arm strength and and leadership . I like the way he leads because He Never seems to get too high or too low in any situation. Don’t get on the roller coaster! He Stays poised in any circumstance .
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: I think a few of my biggest strengths that I would bring to a professional team is that I am a consistent, constant leader as well as a determined and accurate passer . I am always willing to put in more time to perfect my craft.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I give my time and knowledge to a few local athletes that I bumped into while training at a park or gym . I know I will become a football coach at some point . My plan is to pass knowledge down to the younger generation of athletes.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2021 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: I am training extremely hard in preparation for the National Scouting Combine . I train seven days a week doing things I have not done before . such as yoga and throwing a baseball and a softball . I incorporated those things as well as my normal lifting weights ,running and throwing a football. My goal at the national scouting combine is to hit 225 at least 15 times ,Have excellent ball placement on every pass and quick efficient footwork .
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: The question “what would be my ultimate achievement?” is an incredibly broad question . So I will break it down into different aspects. My ultimate achievement in my playing football career would obviously be to make it to the nfl and win multiple supper-bowls and reach the hall of fame .
My ultimate goal professionally is very similar to my playing career goal because I would like to be to coach in the nfl and win multiple supper bowls and make it to the hall of fame
Both of those goals are things I would like so I can achieve another ultimate goal of being able to change my families life financially. I have a daughter who is 15 months, a brother, a sister, cousins, parents whose lives would all be different if I reached my football aspirations. Not only be the money I have but with the opportunities I would build for them with more working capital . With those opportunities I want to build a lifestyle that allows us to live more stress free and have more time to enjoy life together.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: When I am not playing football and joy spending time with my family and my daughter is 15 months old. We go to the park a lot Or bike rides. I’m trying to take her outside as much as possible and show her what the world has to offer.
Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?
A: If I could make a positive impact on all of society I would try to positively influence our perspective that we have when we are dealing with trials and tribulations throughout life . We have to do better at looking at each scenario in every possible perspective .Football and life experiences has shown me How to do this. Each football play can be seen from every player’s perspective . To be the best team Each player has to look at what they could’ve done better on each play. Some might just see a sack and commentate that the line needs to block better. Me as a Qb might see a quarterback that held the ball too long or a wide receiver that didn’t get into the route fast enough as well as the line blocking better. Each scenario and each perspective is true . Depending on what perspective you decide to look at usually is who you will blame but in reality the blame doesn’t fall on just one person it falls on us as a team . As a society we need to be better at trying to understand each other’s perspectives .The trails and tribulations that each of us have dealt with throughout our life has shaped our views and opinions . When we as a Society start to see each other as one team that is fighting for a common goal we will achieve more together.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: The most Influential person in my life has to be My mother. Her kind loving spirit has shaped who I am as a man. Her perspective has shown me how to be caring and understanding for others . No matter who they are we are all in this together.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I have a unique Ability to look at every situation in multiple perspectives. I’ll try my best to understand others points of view
Q: What is your dream job?
A: My dream job would be to A starting NFL quarterback.