Greensburg, Kentucky native will soon see his dreams of becoming a professional athlete come true as the 2019 NFL Draft approaches.
Justice Bishop grew up in Kentucky and attended Green County High School. Ultimately deciding to continue his athletic and academic career at Union College.
“Coming out of high school I was not recruited heavily but out of the schools that did recruit me I felt like Union was home,” Bishop said. “I also wanted to be a part of the group that changed the culture at the school and show everyone that we can compete and win games at Union.”
Academically, Bishop talked about the professors and the size of the classrooms. The professors seem to really care about the success of their students and helped individuals such as Bishop grow as both a student and person.
In December, Bishop graduated with two majors in Sports Management and Business Management.
Sports have always been a big component of Bishop’s life. Growing up Bishop played football, basketball and baseball. “I played football and basketball all throughout high school,” said Bishop. “But no other sport could ever come close to how much I love the game of football.”
Playing a sport such as basketball helps athletes condition to change of direction. This benefits football players as well because offensive lineman drive you in different directions as a defensive end or linebacker. It allows players an opportunity to avoid any major leg injuries while fighting their way through the line.
Bishop was a two-time starter on defense for Union College. During his collegiate career, however, Bishop racked up 143 tackles, 20 TFL, and 9.5 sacks.
Bishops molded his game after Ray Lewis and it showed each and every game. “A guy that is so passionate for the game and is a big hitter that worked endlessly to be great,” Bishop said. “My passion for the game is unmatched by others and I work so hard on and off the field endlessly to be the best player I can.”
Bishop is an extremely talented player. Some of his skill include his speed from sideline-to-sideline which builds upon his other skillset which is his tackling ability Bishop has the upper body strength to break through offensive line and the mobility to continuously fight for tackles.
Bishop ultimately made the right decision in following his dream to pursue a career as a professional athlete. “I first put the pads on at 5-years-old and it has been a dream and a goal of mine even since then,” Bishop said. “I have a great opportunity to become a professional athlete and that’s all I have ever wanted to do with my life.”
Make sure to follow Justice Bishop on he continues to pursue his dream of being drafted in the NFL. The NFL Draft is scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 25 and will last until Saturday, April 27.