Corey Dillon (1974-)
Corey Dillon was born and raised in Seattle, Wash., where he attended Franklin and Federal Way High Schools. He was a two sport standout, starring in football and baseball. In football, he was an All-State selection and the All-Metro Player of the Year. He was also an excellent baseball outfielder, and garnered All-Metro honors before being drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 1993 Major League Baseball draft.
Following high school, Corey played football at Garden City Community College in Kansas where he was introduced to the powerful “Dixie Spirit” when his Garden City Community College team played Dixie College in the 1994 Dixie Rotary Bowl. That spring Corey transferred to St. George and played for the Dixie College football team, leading the Rebels to the1995 WSFL and Dixie Rotary Bowl championships. During his year at Dixie, Corey garnered All Conference and All American honors and was chosen JC Offensive Back of the Year by College Sports magazine after rushing for 1999 yards and scoring 20 TDs.
Following graduation from Dixie Corey played football in the powerful PAC 10 Conference at the University of Washington, where he continued his assault on the record books setting all-time single season records for rushing and touchdowns scored and led the Huskies to the 1996 Holiday Bowl. In 1997 Corey was the 43rd overall pick in the NFL players draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Corey played his first seven seasons of his ten-year NFL career in Cincinnati and the last three with the New England Patriots. During his NFL career Corey set single game and season rushing records for both his respective NFL teams. He was chosen to play in the NFL Pro Bowl four times and won a Super Bowl Championship with the 2004 Patriots. Corey ended his NFL career with 11,241 total yards rushing and 82 touchdowns.
In 2002 Corey established the “Corey Dillon Foundation” to provide inner-city youth with opportunities and resources to go the distance and achieve their goals. Since his retirement from the NFL, Corey’s goals have changed to becoming a Hall of Fame husband and father. Corey and his wife Desiree are the parents of three daughters, Cameron, Carly, and Devan.