Derek Stingley Jr amped to get started with Texans, why he models his game after Pro Football Hall of Famer

Stingley was a standout cornerback for LSU. He was a consensus All-American his freshman year when he had six interceptions and 39 태클. He then would only played in 10 games between 2020 과 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and a lis franc injury. But when he was on the field, quarterbacks would avoid him.

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Derek Stingley Jr. #24 of the LSU Tigers reacts against the South Carolina Gamecocks during a game at Tiger Stadium on October 24, 2020 in Baton Rouge, 루이지애나.

Derek Stingley Jr. #24 of the LSU Tigers reacts against the South Carolina Gamecocks during a game at Tiger Stadium on October 24, 2020 in Baton Rouge, 루이지애나. (Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

The new rookie defender told Fox News Digital in an interview after the Texans picked him he was ready to start work. He added he wanted to let Texans fans know he was going to give it his all.

I want them to know I’m dedicated. I will always give as much effort as I can, 솔직히,” 그는 말했다.

Stingley said he knows he is going to have to up his game to the next level but there wasn’t one player he said he was looking forward going 1-on-1 with.

Everybody’s good so I got to bring my A game every single time I go against somebody at the next level. I’m really looking forward to going against everybody,” 그는 말했다.

Weeks before the draft, Stingley said he modeled his game after former Washington and Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey. He told Fox News Digital he sees a bit of himself in the Pro Football Hall of Famer.

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Champ Bailey #24 of the Denver Broncos waits on the field before the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 22, 2013 휴스턴, 텍사스.

Champ Bailey #24 of the Denver Broncos waits on the field before the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 22, 2013 휴스턴, 텍사스. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

I really think we have a similar body physique. He was also fast enough to run with the fastest and also strong enough to deal with the bigger guys. He was able to matchup too and he also played both ways at a point in his career and I did the game thing,” 그는 말했다. “That translates to ball skills. Whenever he had a chance to get his hands on the ball, most of the times he was picking it off. He knew how to bring it back to the end zone. That’s some of the similarities I see between.

Stingley comes from a football-playing family.

His grandfather Darryl Stingley suffered a devastating injury while he was a member of the 뉴 잉글랜드 패트리어츠. He broke his fourth and fifth cervical vertebrae when he was hit by Oakland Raiders defensive back Jack Tatum during a preseason game in 1978. He spent the rest of his life as a quadriplegic.

His father Derek Stingley was an Arena Football League player for most of his career. He had a cup of coffee with the 뉴욕 제츠 에 1999.

Stingley Jr. told reporters after he was drafted he doesn’t think about injuries while playing.

Whenever I’m out there playing, you don’t want to play thinking about injuries or playing scared, because then something might happen if are you out there like that,” 그는 말했다. “진짜, I just go out there and just play, have fun, and just do what I do.

Stingley Jr. was a part of a Mad Rabbit documentary chronicling his journey from playing high school football through college and onto the pros. His family and former coaches talked about Stingley growing up and becoming a sensation at such a young age.

Derek Stingley Jr. #7 of the LSU Tigers warms up prior to a game against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Tiger Stadium on September 18, 2021 in Baton Rouge, 루이지애나.

Derek Stingley Jr. #7 of the LSU Tigers warms up prior to a game against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Tiger Stadium on September 18, 2021 in Baton Rouge, 루이지애나. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

My son wanted to be an NFL player and the stars got aligned to the point where now he’s gonna have the opportunity,” Stingley Sr. said in the Mad Rabbit documentary. “It’s a parent’s dream to see their child live out your childhood dream and that’s what he’s doing to be doing. 먼저, 둘째, 제삼, 네번째, whatever. … He’s playing in the NFL. That’s all that we want and hoped for and it’s coming to be.

Mad Rabbit creates tattoo balm to help preserve the tattoo and Stingley has plenty he needs to take care of.

He told Fox News Digital he is “물론” getting the Texans tattoo next.

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