Local High School Athletes Participate In NFL Youth Program

By: Kara Duffy Email
By: Kara Duffy Email

June 16, 2012

When the buses rolled into Remington Park, one thing was on everyone's mind; football!

Joe Burns is a former Thomas County running back who went on to play four seasons with the Buffalo Bills. Thanks to him, the NFL High School Player Development Program finally made it's stop in Thomasville.

"I'm extremely honored to have this opportunity because there's so much great football down here in Southwest Georgia and North Florida. It's truly amazing for these young athletes here," he said.

High school students from all over Georgia came out to sharpen their skills and learn from some of their favorite players.

"Joe Burns, he's like my favorite athlete and when I heard about him coming, I got so excited and told my mom that I wanted to come out here and play wide receiver," said high school football player Deangelo Robinson.

Players learned new passes, perfected footwork, and even held scrimmages.

"I like to learn from the older players," said high school football player Preston Norris. "It really gives me inspiration to want to be in the NFL."

Players also attended leadership building workshops and listened to guest speakers. Coaches stressed that becoming a better athlete on the field, starts off the field.

Former NFL player Paul Miranda said, "I want them to walk away with not only the skills we're teaching them, but how to be an adult, how to be a man, how to be a better person, how to respect people."

After the event, players were sent home with trophies and new football jerseys.

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