New York Giants cornerback Corey Ballentine made his NFL debut on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, and on Monday morning he had to testify in the trial of Francisco Alejandro Mendez, the man accused of shooting him and killing his best friend.

Just hours after he was drafted by the Giants, Ballentine and his friend, Dwane Simmons, were involved in a shooting that was a case of the two friends being at the wrong place at the wrong time while attending a party.

Ballentine was shot in the backside and recovered from his wound, but Simmons wasn’t so lucky and tragically lost his life at the young age of 23.

Now with the trial going on, Ballentine had to re-live the moment he and his best friend were shot in the early hours of April 28th, according to Phil Anderson of CJOnline.com.

Less than 24 hours after making his NFL debut, Corey Ballentine was back in Topeka to testify Monday morning at the preliminary hearing for an 18-year-old man accused of killing Ballentine’s best friend, former Washburn University teammate Dwane Simmons.

Ballentine went into detail about the moment he was shot, and how he tried to call Simmons but got no response.

He said he realized he’d been wounded but “kept running,” going to a friend’s house in the same area. Ballentine said he began trying to call his friends who’d been with him on their mobile phones. First, Ballentine said, he tried Simmons, “but he didn’t pick up.” Ballentine said he then got in touch with James Letcher Jr., another Washburn teammate, and told him to come pick him up because he needed to go to the hospital.

It was later on that Ballentine found out his best friend and former teammate had died.

Ballentine returned two kicks for the Giants in his NFL debut, totaling 46 yards.

It’s a shame the 23-year-old had to go from the highest high of his life, to the one of the lowest lows in less than 24 hours. The fact that he was able to do that says a lot about Ballentine’s courage.