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NFL players hold football camp at Monroe

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By Mike Shiers - bio | email

July 12, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - NFL Stars and Monroe high school alumni Deion Branch and Anthony Maddox held a football camp at their alma mater Saturday, with the two former Tornado teammates hoping it will become an annual event.

The camp is designed to teach the kids the fundamentals of football, get a few autographs, and enjoy some barbeque.

Branch is currently playing with the Seahawks, after winning the Super Bowl MVP with the Patriots in 2005.

Maddox is entering his fifth season in the league, and played the last two in Houston.

The players say these types of camps were very important in their development, and are looking to pass on the knowledge.

"We're teaching the kids the fundamentals," says Branch. "Something we were taught throughout our youth career, high school, college, and now the NFL. Just give back to the kids, and hopefully they took everything in."

Maddox says, "We're just trying to give back to the kids, everybody in the community. We had other guys that did it for us back when we were younger. Dan Lan and Derrick Moore, they used to have a football camp all the time. It's an opportunity to come back and show the kids it's not a dream. It's reality. You just have to go out and do it."

Anthony Maddox has 39 tackles and four sacks the past two seasons with the Texans.

Branch is entering his seventh season in the league, and says having the opportunity to interact with NFL players can make a big impact on kids in Albany.

"Me and Anthony came from this area," says Branch. "We grew up around here. We're successful, and we want to continue to be successful, and we want the kids to see that."

Maddox adds, "It's bigger than life, you know. A lot of times they see us on TV, and hear about us all the time, and they don't think it's real. They're like, 'They're doing it, but we can't do it,' but we let them know we were in their shows, and they can do it."  

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