Oakland Raiders: TE Brandon Myers Visits Local Youth Football Camp
Stuart Kovacs – Jun 26, 2012
Brandon Myers of the Oakland Raiders is doing everything he can to influence his coaches that he deserves to be the team’s starting tight end.
In addition to his work on the field, the former Iowa Hawkeye is also showing the community his willingness to give back by what he is doing during his time off.
Myers recently took a major step in this effort by visiting a youth football camp in Aptos, California, according to the team’s official site.
The sixth-round pick of the Raiders in 2009 traveled to Cabrillo Community College to speak with young football players about his career in football as well as life lessons which centered around teamwork and the game.
“I was coming out here to talk to the kids about teamwork and football. They had some questions for me and it was a good time.”
Myers hopes the children, who were between the ages of six and fourteen, take to heart everything he told them about the different portions of football. He realizes that it might not sink in now, but it will as they mature.
“I was just talking about different aspects of football that they might not realize right now, but you take some of those things and they’re in your everyday life. They’re not going to realize it now, but hopefully down the road they’ll kind of take some of those things and apply them on a daily basis.”
Myers, who has 32 receptions in his three-year career with the Raiders, grasps that kids at these ages are more likely to listen to an NFL player opposed to the average person.
“Definitely, it’s important. Some of them might not understand right now, but if they see someone like myself, who I’ve been in their shoes before, maybe they’ll listen to one thing I say and they might take that and apply it.”
The camp, which was started by Eric Gerlach to help build the football skills of younger players, was thrilled to have Myers as a guest of honor who also signed autographs and took photos with the children in addition to speaking to them.
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