THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Many young football players in Thomasville are still star struck after meeting former NFL players Tuesday night.
Former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Buddy Curry hosted a Heads Up Clinic at Thomas County Central High School to teach techniques to stay safe while playing the game.
It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for kids in Southwest Georgia, practicing with former Atlanta Falcons players.
Curry admitted, “I never met an NFL player until I was in the NFL.”
Each kid's face lit up as they brushed shoulders with former pro football stars.
“Kids are going to listen to somebody. And I think if you have high-character individuals that happened to play at the highest level, they're going to peak their attention,” said Curry.
The young players and their parents and coaches were all ears as eight NFL players demonstrated proper tackling techniques and equipment fitting at free clinic.
Donna Kay Johnson and her two young sons attended the clinic.
She said, “Broken arms, and scrapes, and bruises, those don't worry me. It's all the research that they're doing now with all the hits, how hard they're hitting, the way the helmets protect, the way the different pads on the body protect.”
Curry said the clinic teaches a newer and safer tackling strategy that prevents players from leading with their heads.
“We're teaching dipping your hips and ripping up, so that the strike plate is underneath the chin, shoulder to shoulder,” he said.
It's a technique that offers greater protection against concussions and other serious injuries.
But the clinic was more than just an information session.
Curry said, “It's really to help these kids learn about life and learn how to be a part of a team, something greater than yourself.”