HAMPTON, Va. — It's a special treat if you're a high school football player from either side of the water in Hampton Roads. What better way to learn about life and the game than from current and former NFL players in your own backyard. The 23rd annual Hampton Roads Youth Foundation Football Camp from Hampton University finished up on Saturday.
Chesapeake native and former Virginia Tech standout, DeAngelo Hall were among the big-name players in attendance. The former 3-time Pro Bowl cornerback remembers being in their shoes when it came to guidance not only from family and friends, but a Basketball Hall Of Famer. "I remember my mom having to tell me hundreds of times. Having people from the church tell me hundreds of times and it took Allen Iverson and me meeting him to tell me one time to focus on my school work", he said. "Sometimes it takes hearing it from somebody else."
Co-founder, Carl Francis, who's also the Director Of Communications for the NFL Players Association and a Peninsula native, includes leadership meetings with area high school players. "It's not just about football", he says. "It's about learning to trust your teammate. Learning to be accountable." Hall uses his 14 years of NFL experiences to pass along to campers. "I think my journey defined who I am and who I've become. It just shows the growth and maturity of being in the league."