Work in Sports
Corey Moore discusses his love for chicken and The Rock
Posted: Thursday April 13, 2000 11:50 PM
Hailing from Brownsville, Tenn., a town of about 10,000, you'd think that Corey Moore would be just about the most famous person to come out of the small West Tennessee town. Not so, says Moore, who gives his vote to NBA player and former Kentucky star Tony Delk. Moore also told CNNSI.com of his boyhood (and continued) love for the sport of professional wrestling.
1. What's your favorite movie that you've ever seen?
I like a lot of different movies, but I would have to say "Glory". The old Civil War movie with Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington -- those are my two favorite actors, so I'd have to say that.
2. What's your favorite kind of music to listen to?
R&B. I would probably have to say Dru Hill is my favorite.
3. What's your favorite food to eat?
Chicken. Baked chicken, chicken parmesan, anything with chicken. I don't eat as much fried chicken as I used to, but I still eat it. I like it cooked all different ways.
Can you cook chicken for yourself? That will be important when you are off in a new city.
Yeah, I can. Baked chicken and spaghetti is my most popular dish.
4. Where do you rank in the list of athletes to come out of Brownsville, Tennessee?
We had a basketball player, Tony Delk, he plays with the Sacramento Kings. He had a very successful college career at the University of Kentucky. He won a national championship with Kentucky, so he's probably No. 1. I'm just trying to be myself. I think I helped put Tech's program on the map, helped us compete for a national championship, but it would've been nice if we would've won. But he's the only athlete from Brownsville that can tell you that he actually won a college national championship.
5. Where would you most want to end up in the draft?
Are you going to put me on the spot like that?
I think the Tennessee Titans would be ideal. I have family in Nashville, my hometown is only 2 1/2 hours away. It'd be ideal. My mom could come move with me. They are a team on the rise. I think they are a couple of plays away, a couple of players away from being a Super Bowl winning team. That would be ideal, and I think I could fit in with them.
6. Have you ever been to Nashville before?
Yes. I have an uncle that lives there, and a brother, and one of my brothers is in the process of moving there, so I think it would probably be ideal.
What's your favorite thing to do in Nashville?
I would probably say going to Opryland Music Park.
Would we ever catch Corey Moore country line dancing in Nashville?
No, you will not. I'm not a big fan of country music, but I listen to some. But I'm not a big fan of it.
7. Do you know the Virginia Tech fight song?
I don't want to make myself sound stupid here, but I think it's... some chant goes: "Tech, Tech, VPI, Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, hi." Or something like that. I'm not real sure.
8. Who is the player you are most looking forward to facing in the pros?
It used to be Barry Sanders. I always used to want to play against Barry Sanders. I can't just say any one player now. I think I would be scared go up against Randy Moss.
Do you hope that Sanders makes a comeback then so that you may get a chance to try to tackle him?
I hope so. I think he still has five or six great football seasons left in him. He was always one of my favorite players.
What if he puts you on a poster and jukes you out, and you are left tackling air?
Gosh, I'd just be a famous air tackler. I wouldn't be the first. I've seen him make several people look stupid, so I wouldn't be the first.
9. What do you like to do in your free time?
I play video games, listen to music, I like to read, research stuff on the web on various topics.
10. What kind of books do you read?
One book I'm reading right now is a book about Vince Lombardi called "When Pride Still Mattered." I'm in the process of reading that. Also stuff like "The Art of War." I just recently got done reading "The Rock Says" -- I don't know if you're familiar with The Rock, he's a wrestler in the WWF. I'm a real big fan of professional wrestling, and I'm his biggest fan, so I just read his book, "The Rock Says."
Who were your favorite wrestlers growing up? And who do you watch now?
I would have to say Ric Flair was always one of my favorite wrestlers. The Iron Sheik. Dusty Rhodes. Those were probably my favorite wrestlers. Now I watch The Rock. I'm his biggest fan.
With your newfound celebrity that you are going to have in the NFL, do you hope that you get to meet The Rock sometime?
You probably won't believe me, but I've already met The Rock. He signed his book and everything for me.
Was that a thrill of your life?
I was like a little kid. It was kind of funny because he recognized me. He knew he I was, and we talked for like 10 or 15 minutes about football and stuff. He congratulated me on a great college career. I was like a little kid. I was in awe. He was actually doing a book signing in Huntington, New York at the Barnes and Noble. It just so happened that I was up there in that area with my agent and we were going out to a movie. There were a bunch of people in line, and I inquired, "Why are those people in line?" And his daughter, or a friend of the family said, "Well, you know, The Rock's in town, this wrestler..." And I couldn't believe it because they were not big wrestling fans. I was like, "You guys are going to have to stop over there. I got to get a book. I got to get in line." And actually we went over there and we didn't stand in line long, because his security people recognized me and took me up to the front of the line. And The Rock recognized me too. I was in awe -- I was like a little kid.
Celebrity pays off, right?