Name: Derrick Joseph
College: Towson University
Major: Information Technology
Any Pro Experience: No
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What was the most important thing you learned during your career?
Things may not always go the way that you intend them to. Despite any negativity always put your head down and keep pushing. The saying “hard work pays off” is not just a saying but it can be considered factual. What you put in is what you get out.
What qualities do you possess that makes you a candidate for a professional contract?
In today’s game we all know that speed is a very important factor in the game of football at any level. I bring a lot of that to the table running a 4.35 40 yard dash. I have always contain the work ethic that is necessary when going about being successful in this sport. I am a threat as a returner breaking all of Towson University kick return records and also a well rounded slot receiver who is very quick off the ball and capable of running very good routes to open myself up.
What motivates you on and off the field?
My motivation is my family. I take pride in making them proud and keeping them proud. My parents have been my biggest motivation. They are my biggest and most loyal supporters never missing a game in my career since I was 8 years old. My dad is the most hardest working person I know and what he has provided for me I would like to give it all back. Another thing that motivates me is my friends who did not get the opportunities that I have gotten as far as being able to pursue their college football dreams. I am the only player from my high school class who completed 5years of football and currently pursuing a professional career. I look at myself as playing for them. Actually allowing them to play through me. With my success I am bringing them success as well.
What was your major and why did you choose to study that field?
I have graduated with a degree in Computer Science with a track in Information Technology. Computers and technology have been something that I have been addicted to since a young age. My goal when going about this major was to hopefully one day start my own Cyber Security and system maintenance company. Information Technology and every aspect that comes with it is needed in today’s society. I want to do my best to secure what needs to be secured in order help protect my country. The pay is pretty good as well! $
What is your routine like as you pursue a professional opportunity?
I am currently training 5 days a week at a training institute by the name of Power Train in Columbia, MD Monday through Friday. On the weekends I’m doing alternative workouts such as Yoga, stadiums and also trying to perfect my route running.
What is or are some challenges you faced in your career and how did you overcome them?
What are some of the contributions you made to your previous program? What about the local community?
Towson university provided many community service opportunities throughout my career. I have volunteered in MS walks, elementary school visits, community dumpster days, helped underclassmen move in and out of their dorms, and also walks for cancer cures. When help was needed i would always help out if I was available.
hat is your fondest memory playing football?
Breaking the curse! Coming into Towson there hadn’t been a kick returned since 1995! I promised my coaches and teammates I would break that crazy curse. Freshman year on November 12, 2011. 93 yards to the house! Curse broken. I Ended up returning 3 more in my career.