The next Jerry Rice or Steven Spielberg? Or both?

(Ben Liebenberg /

(Ben Liebenberg /

Maryland receiving prospect Darrius Heyward-Bey‘s football career seems to be on the fast track. He is expected to be drafted on the first day and with good workouts at the combine, he could vault himself up the first round. He listed Jerry Rice as one of the players he has followed and there is no doubt he would love to emulate the legend’s remarkable career.

But he also has another passion — film making.

While he at one time was interested in broadcasting, he quipped “I’m going to let that go, I’m more into film and becoming a director. So I won’t be doing what you guys are doing.”

He said he did independent study in both high school and college with film and that he has had an interest in it from a young age.

“I’ve been really inspired by black-and-white and also theater,” Heyward-Bey said .

So if he is unable to become the next superstar receiver, maybe he will make his mark in Hollywood.

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