SportsMic recently sat down with September Horizon Athlete of the Week, Corey K. Petty, II, better known on and off the field as “Deuce.” A 6th Grader at Warner Robins Middle School and the son of Corey K. and Yolanda Petty, this talented young man is an amazingly well-rounded athlete who has played football, basketball, and baseball since he was 5 years old. Already racking up honors, Deuce has received Citizenship Award, Math Award, Reading Award, Science Award, Art Award, Social Studies Award, All-A Honor Roll, President’s Award for Educational Excellence and the Governor’s Award for Physical Fitness. Additional honors include being named the Snowball Prince and Snowball King.
What has been your biggest accomplishment while you’ve been playing sports?
My biggest accomplishment playing sports is beating the unbeaten Steelers (after they beat us 27 – 0 in the regular season) to win the 2014 Optimist Bowl playing for the 9-10-year-old Rams.
Is there a specific athlete you look up to? And why?
I look up to Stephen (“Steph”) Curry. Although he is incredibly talented, he is one of the few athletes that place his faith and family above everything else. He also gives back to his community helping less fortunate schools through his Stephen Curry Foundation and in other ways.
Who are your role models on and off the playing field?
On the basketball court, my role model is Steph Curry and off the field is my dad. Why? Both Steph and my dad are men of faith, great fathers, husbands and role models. To them, the most important thing in their lives is family.
What was the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Proverbs 3:6 “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
What has been your biggest challenge as an athlete and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge is football has been increasing my strength and speed. My dad help me do both by running the hills, with a parachute on my back at Ferguson Park and getting my older cousin to run through tackling and other football drills with me.
What do you do in practice that makes you more successful during a game?
I work on my defense. If I can improve my defense, I can better stop my opponent from scoring.
What high school do you think you will be attending?
Warner Robins High School. I’m excited to go to a high school that my mom graduated from, produced a former Georgia Governor, the Honorable Sonny Perdue, several NFL players like Willie Reid, Jr., Eddie Anderson and James Brooks and the 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Amanda K. Miliner. I’m also excited to play football for a high school that has won region, state and national championships.
My favorite meal is steak (well-done), broccoli and cheese casserole, baked potato, dessert and sweet tea; my favorite food is hot wings.
What is your favorite college team?
My favorite college football team is the Louisiana State University (LSU) – Geaux Tigers! My favorite college basketball team is the University of Louisville (UofL) – Go Cards!