Corey Ballentine: I Think About Shooting Every Day

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Moose & Maggie
August 13, 2019 - 2:17 pm

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Corey Ballentine entered the NFL with a chip on his shoulder. He was a sixth-round pick out of a small college called Washburn. He also had a very unfortunate incident the night he got drafted by the Giants when his best friend was shot and killed. Ballentine was also shot, but ended up recovering fine. 

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The Giants rookie cornerback looked back on that night and how he still thinks about it as he joined WFAN's Chris Carlin and Bart Scott from Giants training camp Tuesday. 

"Just an unfortunate night. I just happened to be in a situation where something bad happened and it was out of my control," Ballentine said on WFAN. "There was nothing I can do and it was the best day going to the worst day type of thing. I get drafted and then I lose my best friend and then I also end up in the hospital myself. It was a lot of emotions going through my head, but I also now know I can't keep myself in that mental space. I have to grow. I have goals to achieve myself still. I know that he wouldn't want me staying in that place. He would want me to excel where I'm at and just always have a winning attitude behind myself. I think about it every day. It was my best friend. So it's always in my heart. At the same time, I kind of play with that feeling that he's watching me right now and I've got to do better. I never forget it, but I always kind of embrace it and push forward." 

The Giants organization handled the situation with nothing but class. 

"They sent two guys with me for the funeral and gave me as much time as I needed to recover and stay with my family and get myself closure. They were great," Ballentine said. 

Ballentine got to see his first NFL action in Big Blue's preseason debut against the Jets. 

"It was a blessing. My dream is finally here," Ballentine said. "I've been wanting to do something like this since I was in about the 4th grade. Now that it's actually here being in front of all the fans and being on the field, it's just a feeling I can't really explain. Getting out there and being able to make some plays on the ball was even better. Just always looking forward to improving and being out there with my teammates and having fun. 

You can listen to the entire interview with Carlin, Bart and the Giants rookie in the audio player above.