Rain dampened and delayed, but did not discourage the turn out for football campers at Al Trione Park in Daphne Saturday
DAPHNE, Ala. — Rain dampened and delayed, but did not discourage the turn out for football campers at Al Trione Park in Daphne Saturday. Former Daphne High and University of Alabama football players (now in the NFL) Ryan Anderson (Redskins), Torren McGaster (Bengals), Michael Pierce (Ravens) and T.J. Yeldon (Jaguars) hosted their 2017 youth football camp.
Lightening and rain eventually shortened the early field activities, but the camp moved indoors to Trojan Hall on the DHS campus. The camp is tentatively planned again for next summer, said DHS head coach Kenny King.
“It was a great turnout, but we’re sorry the weather didn’t hold off for us longer,” said King who also played for the Crimson Tide and in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals. “Our main concern was precautionary, first about safety with the lightning situation.
“I appreciate the guys for wanting to host this and give back to the community with an event like this. When you see them doing this and how the kids are excited, really makes it all worthwhile — even if it doesn’t always go like you plan.”
At Trojan Hall, the pro players signed autographs and took photos with the campers who also received gift bags. Besides the former Daphne players, other former Tide stars joined the four Trojans in their autograph/selfie session including: Tony Brown, Jalston Fowler (Vigor), Reggie Ragland and Alphonse Taylor.
Coaches and varsity football players from Daphne High assisted the campers. Children grades K-8 (age 4-14) attended the free camp. Anderson, McGaster, Pierce and Yeldon were Daphne teammates in 2010 when the Trojans won the AHSAA Class 6A championship under head coach Glenn Vickery.