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SPEED DATING: Derricus Purdy

01/25/2017 9:00 AM -

SPEED DATING: Meet the Barnstormers
Defensive Back Derricus Purdy

Welcome back to SPEED DATING, where we give you a crash course introduction to each member of the 2017 Iowa Barnstormers roster! Today we’re going to introduce you to defensive back Derricus Purdy.

Purdy (5-10, 190, Texas Southern) joins the Iowa Barnstormers for his first season in the Indoor Football League (IFL). Purdy attended Texas Southern University, collecting 34 tackles, four pass breakups, and an interception during his senior year in 2012. In 2014, Purdy was signed by the Chicago Bears of the NFL as a free agent, ultimately making the 53-man roster. Purdy appeared in 4 games during his season with the Bears.

What is Purdy’s goal going into the 2017 season? “An undefeated season.”

We asked Purdy a few quick questions to get to know him better, check it out below:

What’s your sign? Pisces

Favorite Food: Homemade chicken shrimp pasta, with jiffy cornbread.

Favorite Candy: Laffy Taffy (specifically yellow)

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Book: The Holy Bible (King James Version)

Favorite Music Artist: RTM Praise Team

Favorite Sports Team: Tennessee Titans

What is something that’s on your bucket list? “Preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth.”

What is something you collect? “Knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.”

Who was your childhood hero? “My daddy.”

Who is someone who inspires you? Why? “My wife and children, I want the best for them.”

Where is one place you have always wanted to visit, but haven’t? “Africa.”

If a movie was made about your life, which actor would you want to portray you? “Jordan Roberts.”

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to? “2008.”

If you weren’t pursuing football, what would you be doing? “School teacher.”

What would you say is your biggest accomplishment in life thus far? “Transforming into manhood.”

Do you have any hidden talents? What are they? “I’m pretty musically talented.”

What are you most excited about in joining the Iowa Barnstormers? “Winning the championship.”

What are you looking forward to in coming to Des Moines? “Meeting new people and networking.”

What is something you want the fans to know about you? “I’m a minister of righteousness.”

Season Tickets are on sale for the Iowa Barnstormers 2017 season starting as low as $80 per seat. Don’t miss a minute of the action this season! For more information, call the Barnstormers at (515) 633-2255 or log on to www.theiowabarnstormers.com.

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