Thursday, April 21, 2011

Derrell Johnson-Koulianos Talks to About Coach Campbell, KMM, and Music

Hawkeye fans you have the chance to meet Iowa's all-time record holding wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos at the Sheraton in West Des Moines this Saturday (April 23rd). DJK will be meeting fans and signing autographs from 12pm to 4pm. Here are some more details from the Facebook page DJK in Des Moines!
  • A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the JDRF!
  • Autographs will cost $10 per item
  • The first 50 people in line will receive Free Signed MPOD (Make Plays Or Die) t-shirts
Items available for purchase at the event will include:
  • DJK photos ($5)
  • Iowa mini helmets ($25)
  • Iowa "Nike" autographable footballs ($35)
  • Iowa full-size replica helmets ($100)
  • Iowa Authentic full-size Riddell Revolution helmets ($220)
Raffle drawings for Hawkeye memorabilia including:
  • DJK Autographed Game-Worn merchandise including his game worn 2009 Outback Bowl Jersey
  • Adrian Clayborn and Tyler Sash Autographed Mini Helmets
  • Shonn Greene Authentic NY Jets Jersey
  • Autographed Iowa Pennants
Derrell was able to take a break from his busy schedule to answer a few of my questions. The draft is just over a week away and DJK is working hard preparing for a life in the NFL.

Q - Take me through a typical day for you. What does a wide receiver do to prepare for life in the NFL?
DJK- It all starts with rest and nutrition. Your body is your money, your investment, your tool to success. You have to put in the best quality of foods. Learning not to burn the candle on both ends is a huge sacrifice for someone who wants to excel at the game of football. You have to cognizant of how you are living and resting. Developing consistency with independent training is major. Your competition is always somewhere getting better. I spend a couple times a week catching hundreds of balls from anyone who will throw to me. It's about just going and practicing hand eye coordination, almost becoming one with the football.

Q - Can you talk a little bit about Coach Campbell? What did his arrival at Iowa mean to your progression as a wide receiver?
DJK- Erik Campbell did more for me off the field than he did as a coach. He always told me in every situation you are in to “do the right thing.” He believed that the way in which one approach their own academic and social life would go hand-in-hand with the kind of results you had on the field. He knew the receiver craft better than anyone I've still yet to encounter today. While I never lived up to his standards or the bar he set, he taught so many things that I'll be able to integrate into my life as a future football player, brother, son, and father one day.

Q - Magic Johnson and Deion Sanders are two guys that said they became 'Magic' and "Prime Time" on the court or field, do you become DJK? Is it a persona, something you turn on and off?
DJK- I have to say I go through much of the same experience in my own way. I go into a zone in the biggest stages. It's like my opportunity to become the best at my craft in life. Primetime games, 3rd down and 4th Quarters are my favorite times of a football game.

Q - You've mentioned Kevonte Martin-Manley on Twitter a number of times, can you talk about what skills he posses and what Hawkeye fans can expect from him?
DJK- He came in and instantly reminded me of myself. Not very tall, strong built, loves to play and the only thing that kid wants to do is get better. I told him I know he's gonna break my records so for the next 4, 5 years I'm gonna enjoy every moment of my records. He literally has my skills as a senior as a freshman. He’s got that "IT" factor you have to have to be a game changer and a contributor.

Q - I'm a jeans and T-shirt kinda guy, explain to me where your love for fashion come from?
DJK- I really have to credit my mom. I use to think I was so fresh back in the day and my mom changed up my entire wardrobe when I got adopted. I think one time someone told me I was the best dressed person at the particular occasion and from there I just spent all of my time and money on learning about fashion. People always ask me how do I know what's hot and what's not. I never really know. I just have fashion visions and then I go out make it happen. Anybody can buy fashion but the ability to have style is what separates me.

Q - Through your Twitter account I've noticed you have a diverse taste in music, if you hit shuffle on your ipod what ten songs come up?
Florence & The Machine – Cosmic Love
Rihanna – Cheers
Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man
Trey Songz – The Machine
Imogen Heap – Hide & seek
Kid Cudi – MoJo So Dope
Tyler The Creator – Yonkers
Wiz Khalifa – Top Floor
Drake – Do it all
Celine Dion – The Power of Love

Q - What are plans for life after football, whenever that may be?
DJK- I have many things I plan to pursue. I have clothing brand that is really taking off. Make Plays or Die (#MPOD), is simple concept I lived by in high school and at Iowa. My best friend Desmond Marrow, who plays cornerback at Toledo, actually helped me come up with the idea. It's something that a lot people are taking plenty of interest in and we think we can make it a respected athletic brand. I look to venture into the fashion business as well. Right now my entire focus is on being the best NFL rookie I can be.


  1. great article. nicely done psd.

  2. Awesome! I hope DJK does well in the NFL.


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