Coprews make football a family affair
By By BRIAN HAINES, Sports Writer
An undying passion to play football followed by the click of a mouse has turned one man’s dream into a gridiron family affair.
After smashing Northside High School’s rushing records in 2001, Antonio Corprew flirted with football opportunities over the last few years, but could not hit paydirt.
Like so many of highlight reel runs with the Panthers, Corprew’s extended effort has paid off.
Unwilling to relinquish his cleats Corprew, Northside’s all-time leader in season totals such as rushing yards (2,225) and TD’s (31), searched out various football teams and leagues until he navigated his way to the semi-pro Carolina Stallions and the United Football League.
What the Stallions didn’t realize when they offered Corprew a spot on the squad was that it would become a package deal that would land them two more Corprews.
After watching Antonio rush for 86 yards and a touchdown in the Stallions first preseason game, Antonio’s brother and former Northside defensive lineman Tajuante recaptured the urge to bust down ball carriers.
Word of the Stallions extended outside of the immediate family and spiraled over to Antonio and Tajuante’s cousin Jamie Corprew, and just like that the Corprew clan was ready to take over Rocky Mount.
Jamie said the biggest difference between playing in the UFL and high school is that the competition is much fiercer.
Jamie’s biggest opposition now comes from his own team and bloodline, as he and Antonio are both battling for the starting nod at tailback.
Antonio was quick to add that he is winning the competition so far.
Out of the three, Jamie who graduated Northside in 1997, has been out of football the longest, but said he has had no problem getting back into playing shape.
While all three of the Corprews possess the passion for football, Antonio said his first practice wasn’t as easy.
Late to sign on with the team, Tajuante had even less time to prepare himself for battle.
The Corprews have until July 28 to shake off the cob webs, as they prepare for their season opener against the Virginia Trojans, whom the Stallions will host at Rocky Mount High School.
Though they are closing in on their first game, Antonio is still petitioning for offensive lineman.
Any football hopeful still looking to play can find more information at the team’s website: www.carolinastallions.org/home.html.
Football fans who want to catch the Corprews in action can also click on the team’s website for more information. Ticket prices for Stallions’ games are $10 dollars at the gate, or $7 with a flyer. The Stallions will be playing seven home games this season and are selling season passes for $30.