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NFL stars come together for youth camp

June 28, 2005

Atlanta - It is a thrill for any child to learn the finer points of football from a NFL player.

So, imagine a football camp that features more than 20 of the NFL's top players.

Such a camp is taking place this week in Atlanta.

It is the first ever Southeast All-Star football camp and the man behind it is sports agent Todd France who has brought in 22 of his clients to serve as coaches this week.

Among those clients are Albany's Daryl Smith of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Former Thomas County Central running back Joe Burns of the Buffalo Bills and Shellman's Thomas Davis who was the first round draft pick of the Carolina Panthers.

Daryl Smith knows what camps like this can do for a young player.

Smith remembers attending the summer camp of former NFL players Dan Land and Derrick Moore at Hugh Mills Stadium.

Daryl Smith said "It was huge because as a young kid to get out and see NFL guys like that, that you watch on T.V. It is huge. It is like when you see them, you want to be like them."

Buffalo Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes from Auburn said "As a kid in Washington County you would have never even thought you would even have the chance to meet a professional football player or professional athlete of any kind. But now, we make dreams come true."

Other players appearing at the camp this week are former Georgia linebacker Kendrell Bell of the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans and Georgia Tech running back Tony Hollings and former Auburn running back Ronnie Brown who was the first round pick of the Miami Dolphins.

There is no charge for the 250 kids taking part in the camp and money raised from sponsors will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The camp runs through Thursday at the Atlanta International School.

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