Tallahassee, FL - Roy Anderson's rise to NFL Coach started on the Godby practice fields. Anderson has made many coaching stops throughout his career, but the stop he made on Saturday was back at his alma mater. He passed his football wisdom down to the next generation.
"Once I made it to the NFL I always wanted to give back to the community," said Anderson, who once was an assistant at FSU and FAMU. "We have a lot of guys on our team, they have different foundations, they go back and do camps, fundraisers. So, it's like, 'hey, I want to do something for my city.'"
Anderson works with the safeties for the Indianapolis Colts. His training camp may have come early with the campers he had this weekend.
"Some of the stuff I knew and some of the stuff I didn't know for football," said Trilian Harris, a camper from Tallahassee.
After graduating from Howard University, Anderson jumped around to three college programs and two professional teams in 10 years. He hopes that draws inspiration for the kids to be just as motivated.
"One thing I had people along the way that helped me," he said. "So, that really, really helped me out. Just having people show me the ropes, show me what to do and that's one thing I'm gonna try to do for these kids is show them how to get to that level."
That means less blocking and more listening.
"The main thing is we want to get them is to listen to the people who are trying to teach you not only about football, but about life. And they'll be a positive role model themselves," Anderson said.