Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen stepped his game up immensely last season. The 24-year-old is now looking forward to the opportunity of becoming a full-time starter and making an impact for the Steelers in his third year in the league.
Like every football player growing up, Cortez has dreamed about becoming a starter in the NFL. The fact that he has the possibility of doing so with one of the most storied franchises in league history makes it that much better.
“Anybody who plays the game of football has dreams of one day being a starter. At least they should have those kinds of aspirations,” Cortez told Steelers.com.
Cortez understands that it will still take a lot of work for him to prove that he deserves the nod, but the fact that he is willing to learn as much as possible from the coaching staff and the veteran players is a great sign.
“I am just trying to absorb as much information as I can from the older guys, the coaches and so forth,” Cortez said, according to Steelers.com. “I want to make sure I am ready physically to make sure I can complete a full season without any hiccups.”
One veteran in particular that has had a huge impact on Cortez is Ike Taylor.
“He has been a huge help in my development. I learn so much from him just watching him, how he comes to work and prepares,” Cortez said. “I am working towards that. I am not there yet. If I can get to the level he is at as far as his work ethic I feel like I can be a lot better athlete. I have a lot of respect for him.”
After missing the playoffs in 2012, the Steelers need every single player on their roster to hit the ground running once the season begins if they want to punch their postseason ticket in January. That means Cortez has to perform at a very high level in training camp to prove his worth.