Derek Stingley Jr decided to start with Texans, because he models his game on the Pro Football Hall of Famer

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the Houston Texans made cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. the No. 3 chosen suits of the NFL 2022 draft Thursday night to strengthen their secondary which was ranked 27th in points allowed and 31st in yards allowed.

Stingley was an extraordinary cornerback for LSU. He was an All-American consensus in his freshman year when he had six wiretaps and 39 tackles. He would therefore only have played 10 games between 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic and an injury to the franc lis. But when he was on the pitch, the quarterbacks avoided him.

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Derek Stingley Jr. b. 24 of the LSU Tigers reacts against the South Carolina Gamecocks during a game at Tiger Stadium on October 24, 2020 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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The new rookie defender told Fox News Digital in an interview after the Texans picked him that he was ready to start work. He added that he wanted to let Texan fans know that he would give his all.

“I want them to know that I am dedicated. I will always give everything I can, honestly,” he said.

Stingley said he knows he’ll have to take his game to the next level, but there wasn’t a player he said he couldn’t wait to go 1-on-1 with.

“They are all good, so I have to take my match A every single time I go against someone to the next level. I can’t wait to go against everyone,” he said.

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

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Champ Bailey # 24 of the Denver Broncos waits on the pitch before their game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Houston, Texas.

Champ Bailey # 24 of the Denver Broncos waits on the pitch before their game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Houston, Texas.
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“I really think we have a similar physique. He was also fast enough to run with the fastest and also strong enough to take on the older guys. He was also able to match and even played both ways at some point in the game. his career and I did the game thing, “he said. “This translates into skill with the ball. Whenever he had a chance to get his hands on the ball, most of the time he would take it away. He knew how to get it back into the end zone. These are some of the similarities I see between.”

Stingley comes from a family of football players.

His grandfather Darryl Stingley suffered a devastating injury while he was a member of the New England patriots. He broke his fourth and fifth cervical vertebrae when he was shot by Oakland Raiders defender 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 New York jet in 1999.

Stingley Jr. told reporters after being drafted that 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 could happen if you’re out there like that,” he said. “Really, I go out there and play, have fun and do what I do.”

Stingley Jr. was part of a Mad Rabbit documentary about his journey From playing football in high school to college and pros, his family and former coaches have talked about Stingley growing up and becoming a sensation at such a young age.

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

LSU Tigers’ Derek Stingley Jr. # 7 warms up before a game against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Tiger Stadium on September 18, 2021 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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“My son wanted to be an NFL player and the stars have aligned to the point where he will now have the opportunity,” Stingley Sr. said in the Mad Rabbit documentary. “It’s a parent’s dream to see their child living your childhood dream and that’s what they’re doing to do. First, second, third, fourth, whatever … He’s playing in the NFL. That’s all he is. we want and we hoped and it is to be born “.

Mad Rabbit makes a tattoo balm to help preserve the tattoo, and Stingley has many things he needs to take care of.

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He told Fox News Digital that he will “absolutely” get the next Texan tattoo.

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