Quick Stats: Cory Procter Miami Dolphins Guard/drummer Free Reign
Daily Driver: 2009 Ford F-250 Super Duty (Cory's rating: 10 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Favorite road trip: Montana to Seattle
Car he learned to drive in: 1986 Cadillac Fleetwood
First car bought: 2009 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Miami Dolphins guard Cory Procter drives around in his 2009 Ford F-250 Super Duty, the perfect truck to haul his drum equipment, as the drummer for metal band "Free Reign."
The band features other NFL players including Marc Colombo and Leonard Davis, his teammates when he was with the Dallas Cowboys. They are as serious about music as they are about football, and have even scored a record deal with an Australian label.
Procter gives his truck a perfect 10. "It's freakin' awesome and it's mine. It's pretty sweet," Procter says, referring to the first car he bought, after having leased several trucks.
"I like Ford models a whole lot and 250s are good for me, it's not too much power, it's available when I need it and want to tow some stuff," he says. "It's a full crew cab and it has plenty of room, especially because I'm around big guys all the time, so if I ever need to take a couple guys in the backseat, there's plenty of room for them. It works out really good. Plus, I had it lifted a little bit and put some bigger tires on there. I had to beef it up."
Car he learned to drive in
Procter was born near Seattle, learning how to drive in his dad's 1986 Cadillac Fleetwood. "It was a beast, it was awesome," he says. "Front-wheel drive, man, it had a suspension that was broke, it had leak in the line and worked the wrong way. It rode smooth when you only had two people in it, but if you ever had more than that, it would level down and just konk out all over the place."
He continues, "It was a leveling suspension, depending where the weight was in car, it leveled accordingly and it was broken. So if ever had any big guys in the back seat, it would level down as opposed to up. It was crazy."
His dad let him take the old Cadillac to college at the University of Montana and later to the Detroit Lions.
"When I finally traded it in, I couldn't get above 35 mph on it," he laughs. "It was pretty bad. It was funny. I remember Thanksgiving in Detroit and one of the other guys on the team was from Montana, Casey FitzSimmons and he had his family in town. I was alone in Detroit, so he invited me over for Thanksgiving dinner. He told me, 'Just follow me.'"
But Procter's old Fleetwood could barely follow FitzSimmons. "We jump on the highway and I can't go any faster. We hit a hill and that's how I could go faster. He finally gives me a call and says, 'Where the hell are you at, man? Speed up a little bit.' 'I told you I can't. I wish I could.' A 15-minute drive took me forever."
First car bought
Procter leased his first two vehicles and the current F-250 is the first car he bought. "I went undrafted to Detroit and drove the Cadillac over there," he says. "Had my whole life packed in there and the transmission and everything was going out on it. It was getting too much to fix the car than it was worth, so traded it in on a lease for an F-150 and had that for a couple of years and then leased another one when I was in Dallas and then got tired of that and then I bought one."
He liked leasing, being able to try out the other trucks. "The second one was 250 and I liked that a whole lot and I did some upgrades for the truck I would actually buy and got the King Ranch version, and nice leather seats."
Favorite road trip
One of Procter's favorite drives is one he did many times going home from college. "The drive on I-90 between Missoula and Spokane, you go through the mountains and a couple passes through Montana and Idaho," he says. "It's just gorgeous, especially during the summer. It's a two-lane highway, it wraps through the mountains out of Missoula. It follows the Clark Fork River for a good portion of the way."
Another favorite road trip was more of a nostalgic one, when Procter's dad took him and his brothers fishing all over Montana. "We took a couple weeks and we just drove all over the whole state. My favorite area to fish was off the Bitterroot River, it runs through Missoula."
Now that Procter is in a different team from his bandmates, the time he has with the band has been more limited. "Yeah, that bums you out a little but. But hey, football's my game. I love the band but we're not going to sacrifice football for it."
The band started purely organically. "It was Marc Colombo and I jamming at his house. Coach Wade Phillips at the Cowboys asked us to play at a Family Day one day, just the two of us, and it was a lot of fun."
Pretty soon, they had a real band. "Leonard joined up shortly after that, it was just the three of us. We played a couple charity gigs, and at Sullivan's Steakhouse in Dallas, and at House of Blues for 'Toys for Tots' and that's when Justin (Chapman) decided to join up and we had some cool music and played our first show at the Granada Theater. That's when it blew up into something big."
Free Reign released its debut five-song EP "Tragedy" available on myspace.com/freereign.