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Former Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick adds music to professional endeavors

Dre Kirkpatrick looks on from the sideline in a 2016 game for Bengals versus Steelers
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Alabama’s 2011 national championship team boasted a lot of colorful personalities, but none were more exciting than cornerback Dre’ Kirkpatrick. The swagger and confidence of the Gadsden (Ala.) native took on a mind of its own, as he delivered punishing hits, talked much trash and carried a sense of style in his clothing game while doing it. Despite being selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, the 27-year-old hasn’t changed.

After losing seven of nine players from its 2012 class, the Bengals re-signed Kirkpatrick – keeping him from possibly going to Pittsburgh in the offseason. He started in 15 games last season, collecting 46 tackles, three interceptions and 10 pass breakups. Since the Bengals opened its checkbook for Kirkpatrick’s five-year, $52.5 million extension in March, he’s decided to pursue another passion and help a friend from his college days.

Per an article from Kyle Phillips of SB Nation, Kirkpatrick is diving into the music business.

He’s launching a record label, Supa Team Musik, and intends for the lone artist on the roster (J-Ova) to release his first studio album during the Bengals’ summer break. According to the publication, the business mind in Fitzpatrick sees that now is the perfect time for a breakout star.

“I feel confident,” Kirkpatrick said. “I feel like he’s matured to that level. He came to me and said I want to pursue music. For us to hit play on it now, I just feel like the timing is right.”

Of course, Kirkpatrick will remain consistent on the field, though he’s could potentially be managing the next Grammy Award-winning star. He received a grade of 74.7 from Pro Football Focus as being No. 7 out 10 top NFL cornerbacks that entered the offseason. His 58.6 percent career catch rate and 11.5 yards per catch allowed are both below the league’s average.

As he embarks upon his sixth year in the league, Kirkpatrick intends on not only getting deep in the playoffs but hopefully, carry Cincinnati to a Super Bowl title. For now, the once two-time BCS national champion is helping a friend hone in on his freestyle abilities in the booth.

Stephen M. Smith is a managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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