Lekkerkerker quickly hooked on with the Miami Dolphins, where he was reunited with former Chargers offensive coordinator and then-Dolphins coach Cam Cameron. He started two games for the Dolphins in '07, including the team's only win.
Since then, he spent time in camp with the Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans before joining the UFL, where he returned to California to play for the Redwoods.
SDBoltReport.com's Samantha Fillerup gets more from Lekkerkerker in this Q&A.
Samantha Fillerup: How did playing in the United Football League differ from the NFL? Was the level of play similar?
Cory Lekkerkerker: The UFL was fun but much more unorganized and less publicized, obviously, compared to the NFL. The level of play was similar. It felt like a preseason game going against the second stringers. There were a lot of players with NFL experience who knew how to play.
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CL: Like I mentioned, the UFL was pretty unorganized, understandably so. But I think I just got spoiled from the NFL, especially Tennessee.
SF: You grew up in California, attended college there and then played for San Diego before leaving. What is it like to be back?
CL: It's great to be back home. Playing football is great, but you kind of have to live out of a suitcase. You turn into a lone wolf a little bit. It's nice to be in a familiar town and be around family and real friends.
SF: Do you feel that your time with the UFL will help you get back into the NFL?
CL: Honestly, no. I just wanted to play a little football. I doubt I'll get back in the NFL and I don't think the UFL affected that one way or another.
SF: Who was the best defender you faced in the UFL?
CL: Probably Chris Cooper. He was on my team, but in my opinion, was the best D-lineman in the UFL.
SF: Do you know anything about the XFL -- the start-up league that lasted only one season? Why do you think the UFL has a chance to succeed where the XFL failed?
CL: Yes, I watched a few XFL games. From what I've heard, the investors behind the UFL are committed for at least three years and are willing to take the monetary losses that they will see for the first few years.
SF: You played with the Chargers for two seasons prior to going to the Miami Dolphins, the Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans. What do you remember most about each of those stops?
CL: San Diego was a great time and was so close to home for me. I could go back to my hometown anytime I wanted and my family and friends could come to every game. Great weather and city.
Miami was a good football opportunity for me. I got to start a few games and get some good playing experience.
Dallas was kind of a waste of my time. I didn't get an opportunity to make the team.
Tennessee was great. It made me believe there is still is a good organization out there that is honest and upfront with players. The coaches were very player-friendly and most were former players, so they knew how you were feeling and did everything the way a player would want it done. Nothing was done that was unnecessary and everything was time-efficient and coached the right way.
SF: If you could choose, would there be an NFL team you would want to play for?
CL: I'd love to go back to Tennessee and I'd go back to San Diego if they would be interested. But they're not!
SF: Do you keep in contact with any of your former Chargers' teammates?
CL: I'll shoot a text to Scotty "The Body" Mruczkowski once in a while, but the last text I sent he didn't respond to -- what an A-hole! He's too good for me now, I guess. You start some games and you forget the little people. Just kidding!
SF: Do you still follow the Chargers? What do you think about the job they're doing?
CL: Yes, I follow the Chargers still. My mom roots against them every week since they released me three years ago. I don't, though. I think highly of a lot of the players in San Diego and wish them well. It's great to see Scotty's back hair peaking out of his jersey!
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