Road to the NFL Draft: Nick Perry

Former USC defensive end Nick Perry has been working out at the Athletes' Performance Institute in Phoenix, Arizona in preparation for the NFL Combine and Draft.

After witnessing the agression of former USC defensive end Nick Perry on the football field, one might be surprised to discover just how much Perry hated football when he first started playing.

For Perry, who got into the sport because of his uncle, football was hard. However, after a few years of playing, Perry realized just how talented he was and continued to prove it as he racked up offers from around the country.

The Detroit, Michigan native calls himself "just one piece of the puzzle" of talented players leaving the inner-city streets to strive for a better life, and Perry followed that calling to Los Angeles, California, where he joined the Trojan football team.

His collegiate career wasn't always easy; former head coach Pete Carroll's staff was a large part of the reason Perry had chosen the Trojans in the first place and he had to readjust to a new staff under new coach Lane Kiffin. However, though sanctions and a post-season ban plagued the Trojans in Perry's final years, he chose to step up as a leader and stick with the football team.

After enjoying a successful final season with the Trojans, Perry announced he would be entering the 2012 NFL Draft. The defensive end has spent the past few months at the Athletes' Performance Institute in Phoenix, Arizona training for the NFL Combine and USC Pro Day.

FOX Sports NEXT had the opportunity to talk with Perry and discuss his time with the Trojans, what the NFL means to him, and more:

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