To be a kid again… or at least young at heart.
12 current and former NFL players helped over 300 campers at the annual Pro Football Camp, learn and grow the game for the next generation.
"I can definitely see myself in some of these kids out here it’s like my younger self," said Dylan Cole, a linebacker with the Houston Texans working his second camp. "Remember this is a game and have to fun and don’t stress about it too much because these little kids are out here playing football, my goodness!"
New York Giants defensive tackle Robert Thomas came back to the Springs for his second camp, along with Cole and Detroit Lions rookie Mike Ford, Colts long snapper Luke Rhodes and former Patriots tight end Gregg Scruggs, said being outside with the kids has put the game into perspective.
"It’s just good to get away from everyone that knows everything about football and be around kids who you can pour into like a sponge!" Thomas said. "They are soaking it up, so it’s a blessing to give back and come back and hang out with the kids a little."
Cole agrees with Thomas. The second year linebacker with the Houston Texans said coaching would be fun to do in the future….
"I’m having a good time hopefully the kids are having a good time"
…. and he’s getting some good practice in with more than 300 kids in camp for three days.
"Been playing football since I was six or seven and it’s a reminder that football is a game and it’s fun," Cole said. "Sometimes you get real stressed out with the business side of the NFL but at the end of the day it’s a game you can play in your backyard."