Name: Derrick Curry
School: McKendree University
Q: How did you get started playing football?
A: Started playing when I was 7 years old. Started playing after my first season of baseball, my mom didn’t think one sport was enough to keep me busy.
Q: What separates you from all the other athletes trying to become a professional?
A: What separates me from the other athletes is I am a huge role player on the field. I’m able to play more than one position on the field. Another thing is I play a very key role on special teams in the return game.
Q: Tell us about your college choice, career and what the recruiting process was like.
A: I had 5 different offers, decided to go with the school giving the most money so that my mom wouldn’t have to pay for anything.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My biggest accomplishment is winning a state championship in high school, no greater feeling than being at the top.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff?
A: That football can teach you a lot of things, even outside of sports.
Q: What is/was your biggest challenge and how do/did you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge is having to change positions for the team in the middle of a season. How I managed it was just simply playing my role, no complaining, just hard work and making plays as best I can.
Q: What is your biggest strength or X factor that you bring to a professional team?
A: Versatility, I really believe that with a coach, I can do anything for my team. Also I know the importance of Special teams
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
My mom, she has always stressed the importance of hard work.
Q: What are your goals with football? If football does not work out, then what?
A: I want to be the best punt return/kick returner in sports history. If football doesn’t work out, I want to franchise restaurants.
Q: How did you prepare for the National Scouting Combine and what are your expectations?
A: I trained with a few of my teammates on drills, and did speed training with my conference winning track team.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: Being able to bring wealth and value to my family name.
Q: If you have to compare yourself to a current pro player, who would it be and why?
A: Adoree Jackson, just like him I am able to play both sides of the ball, and play big plays on special teams.