The summer heat didn’t keep young players and seasoned professionals from throwing around the football in Mobile today. Two Mobile natives and current NFL players returned home Saturday to host free football camps for the local community.
Former Alabama quarterback and current Cincinnati Bengals player AJ McCarron could be seen at Baker High School today running drills with kids ages six to fourteen. For the second year in a row, McCarron has worked to help build young players’ fundamentals. He told News 5 that he feels blessed to have a platform that gives him the ability to give back to those in his hometown.
“It just reminds you of how pure the sport is and how pure sports in general are and life in general. If the whole world could act like these kids the world would be a better place,” said McCarron.
As far as his NFL career, the Cincinnati Bengals player says he is feeling confident after gaining experience on the field last year. Right now, McCarron says he is counting his blessings not only as an NFL player but also as a new father.
McCarron wasn’t the only NFL player in the port city this weekend. Former Davidson High School star and current safety for the San Francisco 49ers Jaquiski Tartt took time to reach out to young athletes at a free camp at Sage Avenue Park. Players learned how to improve their technical skills on the field. Tartt also had words of encouragement for the players as they pursue their goals.
“I hope they get motivated and know whatever they do in life, they don’t have to make it to the NFL. You’re successful in whatever you want to be in life,” said Tartt.