Recent standout WR, Spencer Corona ’22, recently signed a contract to play football in Germany for the Montabaur Fighting Farmers. Corona received First-Team All-SCIAC honors his senior year and broke the Chapman University Football program record for career receiving touchdowns. We had the opportunity to discuss his initial experiences in Germany:
Talk about your experience with the Montabaur Fighting Farmers! What was the entire process of joining the team like?
“The Fighting Farmers found me on europlayers.com. We hopped on a Zoom call to get to know each other and talk about potentially becoming a farmer. It was similar to a job interview, and my resume was my college film. After the call, I was pleased with who the coaches and management were as people and as an organization, and I wanted to commit to the team right then and there. However, I gave myself a few days to look into my other options, then I signed a contract. A few months later, I was in my own apartment in Montabaur, Germany for free. Now, I am 3 months in and I am loving life here, and I feel like I am a part of the Farmers family.”
How did your time as a student-athlete at Chapman shape your post-graduation experience?
“Being a student-athlete at Chapman definitely prepared me for the future. What some people don’t understand about being a college athlete is that you are a part of an organization in itself. Within football, there are specific roles for everyone and there is a clear cut hierarchy. Similar to a large business. If you don’t do your job and listen to what your bosses are telling you, you will not succeed! In my time at Chapman, I learned to put my head down and work regardless of the circumstances. Hard work is the only way to consistently win, in life and in football. If someone is ahead of you, work. If you want to hit certain goals, work. If you hit a wall of adversity, work.”
What are some of your favorite memories from being a student-athlete?
“My favorite memories as a Chapman athlete are the little things like going to eat with my teammates at the caf and seeing everyone in the locker room every day. I also will never forget beating Linfield University in triple overtime during our first home playoff game in 2019.”
Anything else you want to add/say to Chapman Athletics alumni?
“Thank you to Chapman Athletics for creating such a fantastic environment for us athletes. I was lucky to be a part of an athletics program in division 3 that cared so much about the success of the different programs and athletes within. Set goals, be consistent, and work hard. You might surprise yourself.”