Washburn alum Corey Ballentine makes Giants roster

New York Giants defensive back Corey Ballentine (25) runs the ball on the kickoff against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter of a pre-season NFL football game, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

(WIBW) - First, his dream was just to get drafted. Now, Washburn's Corey Ballentine has accomplished the next step in his NFL journey.

The former Ichabod is officially a member of the New York Giants' 53-man roster. He made it through training camp and the preseason after the team drafted him in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, making the Shawnee Heights alumnus the highest draft pick in Washburn football history.

Of course, the night he was drafted is also remembered for tragedy. Hours after his selection, he and his best friend Dwane Simmons were shot off campus. Simmons, a former Ichabod defensive back as well, was killed and Ballentine was wounded.

Since, the Cliff Harris Award winner has made an impact with the Giants. He's made multiple interceptions throughout training camp as well as one in his preseason debut.

The Giants will begin their regular season Sept. 8 against the Dallas Cowboys.