New Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow held his first Tampa area football camp this weekend at One Buc Place. Judging by the turnout it was a big success for Winslow and the participants. Winslow had a large staff of high school football coaches helping him to run the camp, and also had some special guests. Over 200 Tampa Bay area youth attended the camp with the Bucs starting tight end.
"Just fundamental football, little things they don't know about, and just how to play the game," said Winslow is what the campers were learning. "And how to act off the field."
Despite getting daily coaching from a father in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Winslow still attended football camps growing up. Due to his experience at those camps Winslow wanted to run them as a pro. Last season Winslow had a camp in the Cleveland area when he was part of the Cleveland Browns.
"I did go to camps. I went to Tennessee football camp and Georgia camp," said Winslow. "Martin Bay Less football camp I used always go to. I liked to compete and have fun with the guys. I always remember that, so I want to give that back and make that happen for the kids around here."
Winslow's agent Drew Rosenhaus came to the camp on Friday to be the special guest speaker. Rosenhaus outlined his rise to being one of the most successful agents in the NFL, and highlighted the adversity that Winslow has gone through with injuries and fighting back to resume his football career. In a question and answer session with the campers, Rosenhaus and Winslow emphasized the necessity to do well in school. They pointed out that getting good grades helps high school football players get scholarships over similar players who do not get as good a grades.
Winslow had two choice teammates come out to help coach and tutor the campers. Quarterbacks Luke McCown came to a few of the camp practices, and rookie quarterback Josh Freeman also lent a helping hand. Winslow indicated he and his teammates get as much out of the camp as the participants do.
"A lot of these kids have some unfortunate situations so I just want them to have fun," said Winslow. "Act accordingly, and they are running around and having fun and that is all I want them to do, and hopefully they'll always remember this."