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Top 10 Takeaways from Corey Liuget's Extension
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There’s no denying Corey Liuget is a cornerstone of the Chargers defense.
The 6-2, 300-pounder possesses a rare blend of raw power and sheer athleticism. Since arriving as the 18th overall pick in the 2011 draft, Liuget tallied 202 tackles, 18 sacks, 49 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles.
Still only 25 years old, the Bolts rewarded the defensive tackle on Tuesday, locking him up with a multi-year extension.
Here are 10 top takeaways from Liuget’s deal and subsequent press conference:
“Corey is a consummate team player who goes about his work in an unselfish manner. His preparation and dedication to the game and the Chargers has been evident since day one. Corey is talented, tough and durable, and plays a very important role in our defense. This extension is another reflection of our commitment to investing in our core players and homegrown talent.”
“This means the world to me. To still be wearing blue and gold, it means the absolute world to me…. Thanks to the Spanos family more than anything. Thanks to Tom Telesco, our Head Coach (Mike McCoy) and Defensive Line Coach Don Johnson. He helped groom me from a college player to a pro. He taught me what it’s like to work each and every day. When you do that, you get rewarded. And also my Defensive Coordinator John Pagano. A big credit to him. He’s another part and huge reason for my success here. I want to continue my career and keep on playing.”
3. Family First – Football clearly means the world to Liuget, but his family comes first and foremost. Not only did they join him when he officially inked his contract, but his two young children stood by his side at the podium. Three-year old son Corey Jr. and two-year old daughter Eden stole the show, as Liuget explained how they are the most important people in his life:
“I definitely get to take care of my family for a long time. My kids, (I’m) bettering their future, and their kids’ future , and hopefully continues to go on forever and ever. But overall, this is a very humbling and great experience, and I’d like to just thank God also.”
“I believe I’m expecting more of myself than the team. By me coming out here today and signing this contract, it really doesn’t change much for me besides I know for a fact this team sees something in me. Whatever they see in me, I have to give it to them. I have to come in each and every day to work, and on Sundays bring it double time (to) help us win some football games and win a Super Bowl.”
“Never get complacent. Always work each and every day. Do not be complacent. Do not be happy and feel you have arrived. You have never arrived until the game is over for you.”
“For me, I see myself as a defensive line leader, and also a very vocal defensive guy. I just want to take it to the next level more than anything. At the end of the day, these guys are looking at me like, ‘You are the guy who is going to help lead us. Lead and we’ll follow.’ I just want to be the guy that breaks a guy down, but also builds him back up. To let him know that you actually are better than what you’re doing, and I believe you can improve each and every day just like myself and others.”
“Corey is hard-work personified. He will do whatever it takes to get better and help the team. And he’s still improving. There’s no limit to how good he can be. He has a lot of great football ahead.”
8. Emulating his Mentors – Liuget is grateful for his support system when he first arrived in San Diego. He got to learn from the likes of Luis Castillo, Jacques Cesaire and Antonio Garay, and he hopes to have that same impact for the current young Chargers:
“They had a tremendous impact. Luis taught me what it is to be a professional. Be consistent each and every day in every single thing you do. Jacques, he was a guy who was an overall technician. Most people from his school and level of college probably never make it three years in the league, but he made it double digits. That says a lot. He taught me what it’s to come from the bottom and make it all the way to the top, and stay there very consistent. And big ‘Tone, he just showed me what it’s like to dominate and take over a game. He believed that I could possibly do it one day, and I just want to go out and show the world that I can do it.”
“I’ve grown tremendously. As a young man coming out of college, I didn’t know anything about the game, or about pretty much life itself. I went from high school to college, and I was sheltered in both of them. I hadn’t really experienced anything, but once I got here, it was a different toll and a different level. I got introduced to life, and it changed me. I have two kids and one on the way, and I’m just overall a happy person. I’ve grown a lot.”
10. Always Accountable, But Have Fun Doing It– Liuget prepares diligently, determined to play with supreme effort each and every snap. However, he doesn’t just demand that of himself; he expects it out of each and every one of his teammates. Liuget holds the entire defense accountable, which is why he believes they can accomplish something special:
“Just basically, if I am playing at a high level, I want everyone else around me playing at a high level. We all want to be out there just having fun more than anything. It’s a brotherhood out there. Neither one of us knows when our last play, last week, last month or last year playing this game is going to be. So while we have this opportunity, we want to just make the best of it and have fun while we’re doing it. That’s the main point I was trying to get across. I want everyone to have fun while we’re playing this game and practicing.” Read