Football spotlight: Q&A with Chris Corbo


Photo Courtesy of Chris Corbo

Senior and wide receiver Chris Corbo reflects on his time at West Essex, what he’s had the opportunity to be a part of and what he’ll miss most when the final whistle blows.

What made you find your love for football and for wide receiver in particular?

I was born into football — both my grandpa and dad played college football — so right away I was introduced to the game. As a baby, I always had a mini-football in my hand. I started playing flag football when I was 4 years old and never looked back. Football is the best sport in the world and my love for the game keeps growing every day. I love my position because I can do it all: The big plays, the big blocks and the big runs. The receiver spot is such a dynamic position and a position to make big plays, which is what I want to do.

What are you proud to have accomplished at West Essex?

I am proud to have accomplished two conference championships and being a part of the first undefeated season in school history last season. But, there is still a lot more to be accomplished in my senior year such as a third conference championship and, of course, a state championship.

What do you hope to accomplish at Dartmouth?

My dream has always been to play in the NFL, and Dartmouth has produced many great professional football players. But for anyone, the chances are slim to make it to the league, so there needs to be a backup plan and there is life after football. My goal is to graduate with a great degree, and if football doesn’t happen after Dartmouth, to have my degree as a way to get a great job.

Who’s someone you look up to for football?

My Grandpa played collegiately at UPenn and Colgate. He tackled Jim Brown in college when he was at Colgate and Brown was at Syracuse. My grandfather made a name for himself in college and was invited to be a part of the Green Bay Packers. But at the time, the pay was low and the injury risk was extremely high, so he declined. He put his family first and decided to start our family business that is still running today.

What are you going to miss the most about West Essex?

A lot. I am going to miss the brotherhood on the football field, the pasta dinners before games, the celebrations in the locker room, the pep rallies and all the fun things that go on in school. I am going to miss seeing all my friends in the hallway and the funny moments in class. West Essex is a very special place that has given me a lot of great memories, especially on the football field.