Savannah, Ga- Former Georgia Southern running back and Chicago Bears, Adrian Peterson returned for his 3rd annual youth football camp today, Saturday June 18th, at Calvary Day.
However, due to the rain on Friday and many other football camps it was an unusually low turnout. But that didn’t stop Peterson from showing off skills he learned in the NFL and teaching the campers different drills that he did during college and in the NFL.
The campers hit the gridiron for more than two hours before coming inside and getting Peterson’s autograph and plenty of pictures. Peterson said he enjoys coming back year after year to host this camp and explain to children the dedication it takes to be a pro.
“I didn’t have the opportunity to meet college players let alone professional athletes. So you know just showing the kids that we are approachable that you know we can high five them and you know just sharing some of my knowledge. If I can just be two percent motivation for these guys to work out instead of going to hangout, to read a book instead of playing with play station, you know it’s just going to increase their chance of being successful.”
Alongside Peterson were several current Georgia Southern football players that were invited to help coach the camp; including quarterback Kevin Ellison, line backer Ironhead Gallon and defensive end Nardo Govan. Each showed the campers certain drills they do in practice everyday. Govan and Ellison were happy to connect with the community and be part of Peterson’s camp.
Govan says, “It’s a great opportunity for us to come out here and to give back and hang out with the alumni, you know the older guys who be setting the grounds for us to come through. See the little kids when they grow up to help them get better give them some wisdom and words of encouragement.”
Ellison looks up to Peterson as a role model and was honored to be invited to help out with the camp.
“You know he’s legendary. One of the best players to ever play football to me. It’s good for him to have us out here you know we learn from Adrian Peterson. He’s good to be around him. He’s a great guy, he’s a great father, and a better football player.”
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