I drove up and attended Tyler Boyd’s charitable Football Camp for Kids yesterday morning. It was held at the Clariton Education Center field (not where the Clariton Bears play ball) and was truly well attended.
I’d estimate that around 120 kids from 6th to 9th grade were there along with about 100 or so parents and friends.The youngsters all got T-shirts in Clairton’s colors then went right into six groups for different drills.
I have to say I figured there would be a lot of goofing off and joking around but it was all business and the young men – didn’t see any girls out there – were deadly serious, as well as Boyd’s Pitt teammates who were coaches for the day.
In addition to Boyd there was Pitt alumni Tyrique Jarrett of the Denver Broncos;
Terrish Webb of the Steelers; Titus Howard ex-Pitt and Slippery Rock who got a chance with the Chiefs; and current Pitt players Avonte Maddox and Aaron Mathews (more on him later).
I had a nice conversation with Tyler Boyd’s grandfather along with a bunch of parents who had their kids in the camp.
I I also met two sets of parents who have young student/athletes of their own for us to keep an eye on. First is Antonio Epps, the son of Vada and Rachael Epps, a rising freshman running back/defensive back at South Allegheny HS. Watching him in the drills he was 100% focused and his footwork was pretty amazing – considering they were really working these kids out there.
I also talked extensively with Bo Kinds and his wife Carrie about their son Dante who will be playing for Ringgold HS next year.
I’ll have a longer article up tomorrow with as many photos that I took as I can actually retrieve from my phone.
Below is a sound file of my last minute interview with Tyler Boyd – the background noise was about 50 kids hanging around until Boyd left the playground.
Basically I asked three questions; first how was the difference in offense between Chryst/Rudolph… then If there was anyone on the Pitt roster who may break his records as a receiver and then I asked about Voytik vs Peterman’s arms.
Here is an excellent article from the Cincinnati Bengals website about Boyd’s family and his times growing up in Clairton.
Other notes: Richman, his friend and I had a blast last afternoon in Oakland. We sat around and talked for about two and a half hours drinking beer and wine. We both agreed that we are the two smartest Pitt fans ever.
Here are some Trib Stories to fill your Pitt jones…
Here is a genuine Tyler Boyd autographed photo of him as a Bengal… I’ll make this a prize for something later this week.