|Elite Invitation-Only "Football University" Comes to Boston Next Weekend|
|Written by media relations|
|Sunday, 03 July 2011 20:15|
Invitation-Only “Football University” Coming to Boston Next Weekend
Youth football’s elite training camp comes to Westwood High School, July 8-10Wharton, NJ (June 29, 2011) – Football University (FBU), a national, invitation-only training camp run by former NFL players and coaches, heads to Boston next weekend from July 8-10, making it the next stop on the camp’s North American tour to over 40 cities. Football University selects and invites more than 200 of the region’s elite high school and youth players (6th-11th grades) to undergo three days of intense football training, all under the tutelage of former NFL players and coaches. “Football University” is developed by All American Games (formerly SportsLink), the creators of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
FBU Boston Almost Sold Out: FBU returns to Boston where this year’s camp roster is also going to be filled with kids who are seeking training and want to learn technique from the top coaches in the business. The roster is almost full, but a handful still remains available. Parents and coaches can nominate kids at www.footballuniversity.org.
FBU Boston Details:
WHAT: Football University, invitation-only camp to train elite youth and high school prospects.
WHO: Former NFL players and coaches; More than 200 elite youth and high school football players from the region
WHEN: Friday, July 8th – Sunday, July 10th; On-field camp starts Saturday at 8:30am. Media welcome anytime.
WHERE: Westwood High School, 200 Nahatan St., Westwood, MA 02090
FBU Has Reached National Attention: “Football University” has attracted the attention and praise from parents, players, coaches and media outlets, including Sports Illustrated, Rivals, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and Miami Herald. The camp is geared toward helping players reach their full potential, offering training, instruction and equipment usually reserved for professionals.
Football University is not a camp for everyone; it’s for elite-level kids. It’s not the typical camp where campers hear speeches, throw a few footballs, run some sprints, and have autographs signed by NFL players. We want to give our kids the opportunity to be the best they can be, reach their full potential and we don’t apologize for that,” said Rich McGuinness, president of Football University.
FBU Boston Brings Top Coaches, including former Patriots’ Jerome Henderson & Robert Edwards: As with all FBU camps, FBU Boston will feature coaches with some of the game’s brightest minds who have experience developing NFL players and major-college athletes. In addition, returning to the Boston area are former New England Patriots Jerome Henderson and Robert Edwards will both be on staff throughout the weekend. Additional coaches will be added prior to the camp opening.
Quarterbacks: Glenn Foley – The former Boston College star played six NFL seasons with the Jets and Seahawks and has two years with FBU.
Matt D’Orazio – Former two-time Arena Bowl MVP and AFL MVP was also a record-setting QB at Division III Otterbein.
Gene Dahlquist – Known for his quarterback play at Arizona, Dahlquist also served as offensive coordinator at five different
school including Texas, Oregon, Boise State, and Illinois.
Running Backs: Robert Edwards – Starred at the University of Georgia and ran for over 1,000 yards as a rookie with New England before severely injuring his
knee. He made a comeback with the Miami Dolphins and in the Canadian Football League.
Larry Centers -- The three-time Pro Bowler was known for his ability to both run and catch out of the backfield and he will pass
along his knowledge from 14 years in the NFL. He still holds the NFL record for receptions by a running back in a season (101 in
1995) and career (827, 19th all-time), while being the first running back to have a 100-reception season.
Josh Scobey – After setting the rushing touchdown record at Kansas State, he was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 2002. Scobey led the NFL in kickoff return yards in 2003, won a UFL championship in 2009, and also served as captain in Super Bowl XL for the Seattle Seahawks.
Ethan Horton – A member of the All-ACC Legends team from his time at North Carolina as a running back, he became a Pro Bowl NFL tight
end with the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins.
Wide Receivers: Wes Chandler – The former four-time Pro-Bowler was a top receiver in the NFL for 11 years, mainly with the high-octane Chargers of the ‘80s.
At the time of his retirement, Chandler ranked just outside the top 10 in both receiving yards and receptions for a career in NFL history.
Offensive Line: Dave Hellestrae - The three-time Super Bowl champion offensive lineman with the Dallas Cowboys also spent time with Buffalo and Baltimore
and now is coaching at the high school level.
Defensive Line: Thurmond Moore, the defensive line specialist has trained All-Pros Joey Porter, Dwight Freeney, and Simeon Rice. He has
coached with the Raiders and 49ers in the NFL and with Syracuse and UCLA at the collegiate level. Moore spent the last two
seasons as the defensive coach for the United Football League’s New York Sentinels
Ted Cottrell – He is a long time NFL defensive coordinator and defensive specialist who considered an innovator of the 3-4
defense. He has coached with the Vikings, Chargers, Bills and Jets.
Linebackers: Ricky Hunley – This College Football Hall of Fame linebacker spent seven seasons with Denver, Phoenix and Los Angeles in the NFL before
turning to coaching. He’s coached the Bengals and Redskins, where he coached Bruce Smith and LaVar Arrington.
Liam Ezekiel – One of the most prolific linebackers to come out of a Division I-AA school (Northeastern), he played two seasons with Buffalo before moving on to the AFL for another two years. He is currently a starting linebacker for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL.
Defensive Backs: Donnie Henderson – Was last season’s Arizona Cardinals’ DB coach and he has over 26 years coaching in the NFL with Jacksonville, Detroit,
N.Y. Jets and Baltimore, in addition to 16 years at the collegiate level with school such as Arizona State, California, Houston and Utah State.
Jerome Henderson – The former Clemson Tiger was drafted by the Patriots’ in 1991 and spent eight seasons as a defensive back in the NFL with New England, Buffalo, Philadelphia, and the N.Y. Jets. His coaching career began with the Jets as the defensive backs coach, where Pro-Bowler Darrelle Revis played under his guidance. Henderson is currently serving under the same role with the Cleveland Browns.
Football University is an invitation-only experience for the serious football player, focusing on teaching technique and skill in a small-group setting with other elite athletes. Modeled after NFL mini-camps, each camp includes 18 hours of training and development—both on the field and off the field—including film study, classroom testing, and access to hi-tech equipment, all under the professional tutelage of former NFL players and coaches. Football University travels the nation to train players hand-picked by the organization’s network of regional directors and scouts.
The camps have trained prospects such as the top USC commits for 2009: T.J. McDonald, Patrick Hall, Chris Metcalf and Byron Moore, sons of Joe Montana, Jim McMahon, rapper Snoop Dogg, actor Will Smith, Hall of Famer Frank Gifford and North Carolina Head Coach Butch Davis.
This year there were 13 U.S. Army All-Americans who had attended FBU camps, including standout recruits Ray Drew (Georgia), Malcolm Brown (Texas), Curtis Grant (Ohio State), and Stephon Tuitt (Notre Dame). For more information, visit www.footballuniversity.org.