Regardless of enjoying soccer at a low-profile Division II college, Ballentine was drafted by the NFL’s New York Giants on Saturday evening, the fruits of years of onerous work on and off the sphere.
“I have been ready on this chance for a lifetime actually,” he instructed Giants coach Pat Shurmur after listening to the information.
However in a tragic flip simply hours later, Ballentine was injured in an off-campus taking pictures in Topeka, Kansas, that killed one among his Washburn College teammates.
Dwane Simmons, a 23-year-old defensive again, was killed within the taking pictures, mentioned Washburn President Jerry Farley.
Farley mentioned Ballentine, who was drafted within the sixth spherical by the Giants, is predicted to make a full restoration.
“Each Dwane and Corey have been nice examples and representatives of the soccer workforce and of Washburn College generally,” Farley mentioned in an announcement. “This was a horrible approach to finish a day which ought to have been a day of celebration and a day to stay up for Dwane’s upcoming yr at Washburn and the start of Corey’s skilled profession.”
The Giants mentioned they’re conscious of the scenario and are gathering data.
“We have now spoken to Corey, and he’s recovering within the hospital. Our ideas are with Dwane Simmons’ household, associates and teammates and the remainder of the Washburn group,” the workforce mentioned.
“It is all a loopy dream till you do it,” he tweeted. “I am unable to even clarify the feelings I’ve proper now. (Shoutout) the those that instructed me to select a extra real looking profession. That is as actual because it will get. Thanks to the Giants group for believing in me. It is solely up from right here. #GiantsPride.”
“I am glad to be part of this franchise. I have been ready on this chance for a lifetime actually,” he mentioned. “I am glad to be even part of the dialog. I am positively prepared to start out studying and being across the guys and being round you guys.”
“Effectively, you are not within the dialog,” coach Shurmur mentioned with a smile. “You are within the locker room now.”