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Chat Reel: Corey Moore

Virginia Tech DE ready to wrestle his way into the NFL

Posted: Wednesday April 19, 2000 06:21 PM

  Corey Moore Corey Moore has received interest from Tennessee, Jacksonville, and Tampa Bay because they emphasis speed. Doug Pensinger/Allsport

CNNSI Host: Welcome to today's NFL Draft chat with Corey Moore from Virginia Tech. Welcome Corey, thanks for joining us.
Corey Moore: Thanks for having me.

CNNSI Host: We have a lot of questions, so let's get started...

From Guest: Hey Corey -- What teams have shown interest in you? And which teams do you feel fit your style of play?
Corey Moore: I think several teams. The teams that have shown the most interest are: Kansas City, Buffalo, Washington, Tennessee and St. Louis I think, as well as Tampa Bay and Jacksonville. I think Tennessee and Jacksonville, and Tampa Bay more so, because they put more emphasis on speed than size. Those are the three teams that I'd fit the best with.

From Guest: Corey, do you see yourself making an impact right away or do you think it will take a few years for you to develop?
Corey Moore: I think it'll tell me a few years to develop at linebacker. But on special teams I could make an impact immediately. At Virginia Tech I played every special teams play every season there. At Tech, we played the best starters on special teams.

From Guest: Are there any NFL players you model you playing style after?
Corey Moore: I've always liked Derrick Brooks. He's been an idol of mine. Even when he was at FSU. He's the best at his position in the NFL. And also Jevon Kearse. I followed him last year and enjoyed watching him develop.

From David in Blacksburg, Va.: A lot of people are saying you're too small to play end and too inexperienced to adjust to be a NFL linebacker. You probably heard similar things in college recruiting, and ended up the best defender in the NCAA last year. I think pro teams will see past size, too. What do you have to say to them?
Corey Moore: I really don't have to say anything to them. My entire college career I didn't have to prove anything to anyone but myself. That's how I'm taking it now. I think I was one of the best defensive players last year. Anyone who knows college football knows that I was one of the better defensive players in the country.

From Dave in Raleigh, N.C.: Hi Corey! You are awesome! What have you done differently to prepare for the NFL training camps (or tryouts) as opposed to preparing for the college season? I will be pulling for you on Saturday!
Corey Moore: Thanks, I appreciate that. Basically, it's been a three-phase process. I prepared for the Senior Bowl, then the combine, and then the individual workouts for teams. And I really had to keep myself in better shape, playing shape, and do things I hadn't done in years. Conditioning work and work on catching a football.

From Josh in Orlando, Fla.: Hey Corey -- what QB in the NFL would you want to sack the most?
Corey Moore: I don't have my eye on anybody really. But if I had to pick one, I'd say it'd be fun to go against Brett Farve because he's a competitor and I'm a competitor. I don't want to say that I'm really looking for anyone and make myself a target.

From David in Roanoke, Va.: I know you will make a good living in the NFL, but what plans do you have to complete your masters degree? While you received a lot of press at Virginia Tech, I believe the fans and public should have heard more about you completing your degree in 4 years.
Corey Moore: Thanks. That's one the things I like people to know about me. I did complete my degree in 4 years, education is important. I want to go back, I have started my MBA and I'd like to finish it. My primary goal is to go to law school in 4 or 5 years.

From Guest: I heard you are a big wrestling fan of the Rock. Any thoughts of going into "the sport?"
Corey Moore: I am THE biggest fan of the Rock. I had the privilege of meeting him in NY during a book signing. I was in awe of him, but he knew who I was.

CNNSI Host: Who would win in a match between you and the Rock?
Corey Moore: *laughs* The rock would - no contest! I think we'd make a good tag team, though.

From Guest: Corey, I am a big Steelers fan, how would you like to play in the Steel City?
Corey Moore: I'd like to play for any organization that will give me an opportunity. I respect with Bill Cowher. I think he has the respect of his players, so that would be nice to be there.

From Guest: Have any big plans to watch the draft?
Corey Moore: No, I'm not going to watch it. I'm on vacation right now. I'm just spending time with my family.

CNNSI Host: From Issac Harris: What's is the best advice you would give to a college freshman?
Corey Moore: I feel that freshman should always stay grounded, remember your roots, how you were raised. Just because you're away from home, it'll force you to grow up. And take your schoolwork seriously. Some freshman get in grade trouble the first semester and can't enjoy the rest of the time because they're tryng to get out of trouble.

CNNSI Host: That's all the time we have for today. Thanks for joining us, Corey.
Corey Moore: Thanks a lot.


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