SOUTH BEND, IN-OCTOBER 20: Corey Mays #46 of the Notre Dame University Fighting Irish celebrates with teammates after Notre Dame beat the USC Trojans on October 20, 2001 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated USC 16-27. (Photo by Darron R. Silva/Getty Images)
Q: Tell me a little about your numbers and any of the teams that might have shown interest in you on your pro day.
A: I really can’t remember too many numbers because there are so many scouts taking numbers, but a lot of scouts told me ‘good job’ after the workout. There was a lot of positive outlooks from there because you don’t really know how you did until someone else tells you what’s going on.
I talked to a couple teams, (Chicago) Bears, Seattle, there’s just a bunch of different teams.
Q: What does your schedule look like coming up?
A: It looks like down the stretch I have an upcoming visit to Seattle and then a Bears workout and then I’m expecting another couple of other visits. It’s a lot of moving around, but it’s exciting.
Q: A visit with Seattle – now, there’s a team that was in the Super Bowl last year. How would it feel to go from Notre Dame, a program with a very storied past, to a team that was NFC champions?
A: (laughs) It’s really just, you don’t know until you get there and you can look back on it. Once you’re living in the moment sometimes you can get caught up in all of the hoopla and everyone around you realizes the opportunities that you have going on around you. Sometimes you’re just caught up in the moment and you’re just happy to be there.
Q: Did you do a lot of special teams work before your senior year prior to becoming a starter?
A: I did a whole lot of special teams work. I’m a special teams guru. Realizing that if you’re backing someone up and you have a chance to make a big play every time you’re out there. Some guys get down just playing on special teams, but you’re on the field and you’re playing, so just go out there and do what you have to do to help the team.
Q: What did you play on special teams?
A: All of it (laughs).
Q: Did you enjoy any unit more than another?
A: Kickoff (coverage) was always fun; kickoff return was always the shaky one because it was always kind of a struggle to see if you can get them before they get you; punt and punt return were always fun because you get to drive guys back and you get to block for your own man. And return was fun because you get a free shot at the returner.
Q: What is your style like on a kickoff coverage team? Are you a kamikaze-type of guy or are you the guy that runs down there focusing in and sizing things up as you go?
A: You’ve got to be all out (laughs). It’s kill or be killed. Not to put it into “war terms” but it’s a game of competition and if you’re not flying down there to play then you’re going to get knocked out.
Q: The interviewing process with the coaches, GM and the team personnel, what is it you want teams to know about you as a person?
A: That I’m just a quality guy. You hear about so many athletes who get into trouble or who you can’t trust. Just know that you can trust me to make all of the right decisions on and off the football field.
Q: Anything else you want to share with folks about you that you think they should know?
A: Oh boy…on the spot. I have a non-profit organization called Positive Concepts. The aim of the organization is to mentor at-risk teens. It was started in December 2003 and now I’m putting a lot more time into it. In the next year in Chicago or wherever I’m at I’d like to get a concert together where you can get a lot of kids to get out and relax.
Q: Is that something you feel an obligation about, to use your fame and notoriety?
A: It is. It’s real important because you’re at a critical point in your life where kids do look up to you and you’re considered a role model. I remember being in their position of looking up to other people so why not give back to them so they can do something with their lives and give back to others. It’s a big circle.