For one Arkansas State University Senior football player, he just wanted an opportunity to show what he could do.
Brandon Joiner accomplished more his senior season than most, especially after being named the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the year.
Especially since he helped lead his team to an undefeated record in conference play and an impressive 10-2 regular season mark.
Joiner had one more thing he wanted to accomplish this past week going into the All-Star Classic held in Little Rock, that was to make sure NFL Scouts knew who he was, for them to get an opportunity to know who he was and what he was about on the football field.
“I knew I had to make an impression,” Joiner told AStateNation.com Sports Radio Monday. “I knew I had to stand out, for them to take time to get to know me.”
Standout is just what the impressive defensive lineman did.
He was named Defensive MVP after he turned in two sacks and made a couple of more tackles after only playing 20-30 snaps.
“It was a honor to get to play in the game,” Joiner said. “It was great to play with my senior teammates one more time.”
Although the South team lost the game by a five point margin, Joiner said that he was glad he got to meet a lot of NFL Scouts this past week.
“I want them to see who I am and how I play the game,” Joiner said. “I know I have made mistakes in my life, but I’m a different person than I was when I was younger.”
One of Joiner’s proudest moments was after helped led his team to a big victory over ULL.
“All I remember was being on the bottom of the pile and all my teammates kept piling on,” Joiner laughs. “Me and Sweat was on the bottom of the pile, I kept saying I couldn’t breathe, it was worth it to get that big win and to celebrate the victory.”
After winning the game against Troy and claiming the Sun Belt Championship, he gave perhaps the biggest statement about his life.
“This means the world to me, but the biggest moment in my life is when I accepted God as my Savior,” Joiner said. “He has forgiven me for my sins. I’m a different person. i want to help others learn from my mistakes. I want to share my story with as many young people as I can.”
Joiner’s career began at Texas A&M where he admits he made some grave mistakes in his life.
He isn’t focused on the past, he just wants to focus on his future.
“I praise God for what he has done in my life,” Joiner said. “I give him all the Glory, without him I wound’t be where I am today.”
Now lets hope that his football career isn’t over.
With his God given talents, hopefully the NFL will find a place for Joiner to allow him to continue to tell his story and be an impact on others.
“He is a great player, but he is even a better young man,” Mickey Ryan of 103.9 The Game stated. “He is a tremendous young man, the type that takes time out to be a good influence on children of all ages.”