CORY PHILPOT: Amassed 10,000 Yards In Canadian Football League, Had 2,000 Yard Season At Palm Bay
By Alan Zlotorzynski, Assistant Editor // April 15, 2017
SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME
ABOVE VIDEO: Cory Philpot will be inducted into The Space Coast Sports Hall Of Fame on May 12,2017.
2017 PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY INDUCTEE
RECORD-SETTER AT PALM BAY
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Never forgetting where you come from and how and why you were able to achieve success is something former Palm Bay star Cory Philpot reflects on quite a bit.
Philpot is being honored not just for his accomplishments on the field for Palm Bay, the Ole Miss Rebels and the Canadian Football league but for the legacy he is building off the field in giving back to communities.
Raised by Lillie Philpot, a loving and caring but single mom, Cory could not play in organized sports leagues because his mom, raising four children on her own, simply could not afford to pay the fees and equipment costs that leagues required.
But talent and heart still find ways to win out over money in sports, and Philpot had plenty of both.
His 4.2-second 40-yard dash speed was perfect for then Artie Almer’s Palm Bay Pirates, but it was the guidance of a teammate’s father that helped Philpot a great deal in his young life. Buddy Platt, father of Pirates offensive guard Chase, took Cory under his wing and treated him like a son.
“The entire Platt family are just special people and I’m thankful every day for what they did for me,” Philpot said. “Without my mom and the Platts, I’m not telling this story.”
But some things, like passion, drive and heart cannot be taught or mentored. One must possess those characteristics to standout and Cory certainly did.
Philpot exploded in his final year on the field at Palm Bay and, as he did throughout his football career, shattered records along the way. He rushed for 2,045 yards and 22 touchdowns in 1988, which was tops in the state of Florida and a Pirates’ school record. Philpot became only the 14th back in Florida high school history to surpass 2,000 yards in a season.
After high school he attended junior college for two years in Mississippi and stayed in state to finish college playing for the University of Mississippi. After spending his junior season working his way up the Ole Miss depth chart, Philpot finished his senior season just six yards shy of 1,000.
While great running backs from the SEC inevitably end up on NFL fields, the league passed on Philpot because they said he was too small. While the rejection stung at the time, Philpot reached down into those characteristics that can’t be taught or mentored and overcame.
Philpot went north of the border instead, and in 1993, signed as free agent with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League. He started as a kick returner and had more than 1,000 kickoff return yards, including a 91-yard touchdown return as a rookie.
In 1994 Philpot really broke out, leading the Western division with 1,451 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns on the ground. His team went on to win the Super Bowl of the CFL, the Grey Cup. In the contest, Philpot rushed for 109 yards on 17 carries.
AMASSED 10,000 YARDS IN CFL CAREER
He was even better in 1995, setting a new league record scoring 22 touchdowns and again led the division with 1,308 rushing yards. Philpot rushed for 1,024 yards in 1996, but the team began suffering off field financial issues. This led Cory to play a few more semi-productive seasons elsewhere in the CFL before retiring after the 2000 season.
Philpot amassed more than 10,000 all purpose yards and scored 59 touchdowns in his CFL career, and while he may have retired from the league, he did not retire from the game.
Philpot’s success in Western Canada led to fame and opportunity and instead of just attaching his name to a few charities, as a lot of celebrities do, he started All-Star Youth Sports where he provides opportunities for athletes, regardless of their economic ability, to participate in sports.
“I’m proud of my records on the field, but I’m prouder of what I’ve been able to do off the field in helping young athletes have a chance to play football and succeed in life,” Philpot said.
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THE 2017 SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME Banquet and Induction Ceremony will take place at the Cocoa Beach Country Club on Friday, May 12.
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT the 2017 SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME, call 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com
Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Announced, Induction Ceremony Set May 12
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame selection committee announced Thursday an impressive array of outstanding individuals to be inducted into the 2017 Class of the Hall of Fame.
Dozens of nominees were considered for the 2017 class in four categories including professional sports, college sports, high school sports and amateur sports.
Special honorary recognition will also be bestowed upon individuals and teams that have made significant contributions to sports on the Space Coast.
Space Coast Daily created the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame in 2012, and has so far inducted more than 100 of Brevard County’s most outstanding athletes, coaches and sports personalities.
Serving on the committee are Space Coast Daily President & Publisher Tom Palermo, Vice President Giles Malone, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo, Managing Editor Zach Clark, Assistant Editor Alan Zlotorzynski, local youth sports advocate and promoter Mike Cadore, Friday Night Locker Room Founders Steve Wilson and Orville Susong, former Health First COO Larry Garrison, Cocoa Beach City Manager Jim McKnight and AAU Vice President Rusty Buchanan.
“The list of inductees for 2017 induction include athletes and coaches everybody knows – and some that may have been forgotten with the passing of time,” said Tom Palermo.
INDUCTION GALA & SPORTS AWARDS SET FOR MAY 12
The 2017 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Sports Awards will be held Friday, May 12 at the Cocoa Beach County Club.
The festivities include a meet and greet with the area’s sports royalty, dinner and the induction proceeding which includes compelling video tributes of each of the inductees.
The 2017 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame induction event, and the 2017 High School Breakfast of Champions recognition awards, are sponsored by Community Credit Union, First Choice Medical Group, SOAR, Clear Choice Health Care, BioCellular Therapies, Savings Safari, Spectrum Sports, Friday Night Locker Room, Dr. Sangiv Patel, Dr. Mark Pinsky and Rock Paper Simple..
FOR INFORMATION about the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame, or to make a reservation, e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com or call 321-615-8111.
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SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2017
• PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Joe Kohlbrand, Football; and Cory Philpot, Football
• COLLEGE CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Jason Arnold, Baseball; Michael Coffey, Bowling; Reggie Hannah, Basketball; Paige Kearns, Swimming; and Charles Wilson, Football.
• PREP CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Kristen Gordon, Softball; Ray Herring, Jr. Football; Katie Jackson, Soccer; and Hunter Pingston, Football.
• AMATEUR/REC CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Richard Chapman, Little League; Todd Erickson, Softball; Al Genchi, Youth Soccer; and David Kilgore, Running.
• COACHING CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Skip Arrich, Soccer; Tom Dooley, Baseball; Chuck Keener, Tennis; Steve Lamontagne, Golf; and Mike Soliven, Basketball.
• SPORTS DEVELOPMENT INDUCTEES: Jeff Carr, Eastern Florida State College; and Steve Englehart, Florida Tech.
• LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT INDUCTEES: Linda Anderson, Athletic Director; and Les Stafford, Volunteer
• SPORTS OFFICIALS INDUCTEES: Neely Dunn and Bob Walton.
• SPORTS JOURNALISM INDUCTEES: Hillard Grossman.
• SPORTS AMBASSADOR AWARD INDUCTEE : Gary Gregory, PAL Boxing.
• CHALLENGER AWARDS INDUCTEES: Brevard Special Olympics – Coach Cindy Dropeski, Athlete Chuck Conway and Volunteer Kathi Madden.
• TEAM OF THE YEAR: Cocoa High School 2016 Football State Champions.
• SPECIAL TRIBUTE: Jim Grimes, Basketball, Eastern Florida State College
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