Former NFL players teach Edinburg camp

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POSTED: Friday, June 28, 2013 - 4:19pm

UPDATED: Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 1:31pm

Pro football players are in the Rio Grande Valley this week to teach some of their skills to kids.  

"I think it's important to stay focused with our youth," said former New England Patriot "Scooter" McGruder. "We have the future in the hands of our youth, so we need to start now.  Get them prepared for the next generation." 

McGruder, former Dallas Cowboys players George Teague, Everson Walls and Solomon Page were just some of the former pros out teaching Valley kids the proper way to play.  

Nearly 100 kids came out to the Edinburg High School field; their ages ranging from eight years old to 18.  

"I've had the opportunity to be blessed to play pro football for many years, and it's time to give back," McGruder said. 

The camp is helping kids in a couple of ways. It's teaching them fundamentals on the field and a pair of Edinburg students are walking away with scholarships.  

"It feels great," said Michael Moreno, a former Edinburg High student who will head to Hardin-Simmons University.  "I feel really blessed to be getting this money for the scholarship and Scooter has given me an opportunity to help pay for college because it's real expensive these days." 

The scholarship is through McGruder's Platinum Charities Foundation.  The charity has given out 27 scholarships this year.  

"Just knowing I can come from the Valley and just get a little bit of sponsorship from down here...It's nice that I can get a little bit of help from him," said Leigha Brown, a former Economedes student who has a half-scholarship to Arkansas.  

This is the second year the camp has been in Edinburg and it will return next summer.

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