Former and Current NFL Players are in Town to Offer Pointers
POSTED: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 5:11pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 5:14pm
EDINBURG — the 8th annual Pro-Players Football Camp is back.
"It's a passion, you know working with the kids," said former Dallas Cowboy, Solomon Page.
Page started getting involved in camps to give the youth someone to look up to...a role model.
"I'm not afraid to say it, because that's what we are. Especially you know as an adult, showing kids the way is needed more than ever," said Page.
And the kids couldn't be more excited to learn from the pros, some who have more than 10 years experience under their belts.
"It's an honor to be with these guys from the NFL, championships and all that, it's really an honor," said one camp participant.
The players are on the field today giving pointers.
"We're doing some basic footwork fundamental drills and some football drills to help them become overall better football players," said current Houston Texan, Jon Weeks.
Scooter McGruder, former New England Patriot has also been a part of the camp for several years and says it's exciting to see the progress.
"They're stronger, they're faster, they're taller...I'm like man, this is great to see happen," said McGruder.
He was fortunate to be a part of a similar camp like this while growing up and now it's his turn to give back.
"One of the NFL players came and worked me out and talked to me and said when you make it in the world and your dream comes true I want you to go back and do the same thing I'm doin'," said McGruder.
The players say it's not only about football...but the life lessons as well.
"Self respect, not being so scared of hard work, just being a good person for society," said Page.
"We want to make sure that when we leave these camps, we give these kids an opportunity to become better people," said former Pittsburgh Steeler, Barry Foster.
The annual reunion is a plus.
"Comrodery. Getting back with the guys you know that we played with or played against, coming together for one common cause," said Page.
Page says these camps are a big part of his life now and he looks forward to coming back next year.
"There's no age limit on this one like the NFL, this one I'm allowed to do for as long as I want to and that's going to be for a long time," said Page.