Jul 18, 2010 6:12 PM by John Romero
Justin Armour loves the game of football. "There's something about football. You gotta come out here in the heat, strap on shells and you gotta go after each other. It's real fundamental and it takes courage." he says. As a Manitou Springs Mustang in the early late 80's and early 90s, Armour switched from quarterback to a receiver. He earned All-American honors and helped lead Manitou to a state championship. After playing football at Stanford, Armour got his shot in the NFL coming home to win a Super Bowl with his hometown Denver Broncos.
These days Armour can still be found on the gridiron, passing on his love of the game to a younger generation. "I just enjoy the energy of kids with the way they come out here ready to go." He says, "They don't have the weight of the world on their shoulders yet. They're a sun group to try to motivate and to try to get to work together."
The Manitou star has come full circle these days. Just this year he was named the head football coach at his alma mater. He looks at the job as a way to shape the way these young men will be for the rest of their lives. "As you go on in your life I think the game serves you a little bit." he explains, "It makes you a little tougher minded. Maybe you get up quicker. You don't take criticism so hard. You listen well and you're used to helping out and being part of a whole instead of being me, me, me."
Though young and undersized, the Mustangs will take the field this season with their new coach who's aiming to take Mustang football back to the top. "I want it to be fun again." says Armour, "I want every kid in Manitou Springs to say hey, I can't wait to be part of the football program." Armour is a Mustang legend - going back to where he stared to create new legends.
Armour and Ed McCaffrey are bringing McCaffrey's football camp to Colorado Springs this week. The camp runs July 20th through the 23rd at Garry Berry Stadium. You can register your child at the stadium on the day camp begins. CLICK HERE for more information.