Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is spending his free time before training camp working with youth in his first football camp. Freeman talked about working with the YMCA and how football camps helped him in his career.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is spending another vacation day at One Buc Place. While that has become old news in the 2010 offseason, this week Freeman's time on the football field is in a different capacity. Tampa Bay's starting quarterback has run a four-day commuter football camp. Freeman grew up attending football camps, and was excited to be able to provide one for the Tampa Bay community.
"It was an easy decision," said Freeman. "We were brainstorming and decided it would be a great idea to put together a camp for all positions. I do all ages. This was actually the third day of high school commuter camps. We're working hard and coaching hard. I'm getting to know the kids and get to know what Tampa high school football is all about.
"All the proceeds from this camp benefit the YMCA, they can always use support and help. We're going to bless them in a big way by doing this camp. The first two days they blessed us and allowed us to hold it at their facility. Today I thank Mark Dominik and Raheem Morris for letting us hold it here at One Buc."
The 22-year old Freeman credits football camps with his development. Participating in football camps helped Freeman to earn a football scholarship, and end up being a first-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Freeman talked about what he learned in his experience at football camps.
"Everything I could whether it was foot work drills, the way to hold the ball, the way to throw the ball, and tons of different things," said Freeman. "I learned a lot, and I got a lot of confidence from coming to these camps. I got good coaching and learned how to compete."
Freeman has gotten some help from his teammates. Guard Marc Dile came by to work with the offensive linemen. Steelers running back Justin Vincent and Bucs wide receiver Mario Urrutia pitched in as well. The campers were also treated to coaching from an NFL head coach with Morris. A few of the campers traveled from Texas and other states to participate. Freeman and a quarterback coaching guru were a big draw.
"We got a couple of quarterbacks that came in and wanted to get some work," said Freeman. "Coach [Joe] Dickinson came down from Oklahoma. He's an independent guy that's worked with a lot of quarterbacks from all over the country. He's doing a great job of working these guys.
"I've worked with coach D. We've gone out and worked in California before final year of college, and went down there and got a lot of work with a couple of guys. Rudy Carpenter was down there as well. A couple of other guys and I got a lot of good work with coach D."
Freeman anticipates holding more football camps, and has enjoyed his work with the youth.
"Its real exciting having my first camp," said Freeman. "I consider it a success. I hope to be able to expand and grow more and more into the area of central Florida."
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