Fellow NFL players join Mexia's Kelvin Beachum for 4th annual camp
Former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty met one of his newest New York Jets teammates about three weeks ago, but knew immediately that helping out at Kelvin Beachum's Community Football Camp was something he wanted to do.
"Most times, weekends are pretty precious," Petty said. "You've got families, girlfriends, wives, significant others, whatever, so it's kind of tough to get guys to come out, but to see as many guys give up their weekend for him says a lot about who he is. As soon as he asked, I was there."
"That shows the character within two different people that he would trust me and I would trust him to come into my community," Beachum said. "That speaks volumes of what happened even before we met. For him to come down to a little old country town like Mexia from New York is great."
Petty joined numerous other NFL players at the camp in Mexia, including Chris Carter (Washington), Robert Golden (Pittsburgh), Steve McLendon (NY Jets), Yannick Ngakoue (Jacksonville), Patrick Omameh (Jacksonville), Jermey Parnell (Jacksonville), Aldrick Robinson (San Francisco), free agents Josh LeRibeus and Will Johnson, and the CFL Ottawa Redblacks' Taylor Reed.
As you could imagine, kids were wide-eyed and in awe that NFL players would make a visit to central Texas for a football camp.
"I'm a kid, I'm 27 so it's not like I'm old," Beachum said. "I still ask for autographs from time to time. It's a great honor for us athletes to have this kind of platform, to be able to show it to young people and use it the right way."
Players ranging from the youth leagues into high school not only learned the game of football for free from current pros, but were also given free food, shirts and enjoyed music from DJ Dex.
It's the fourth-straight year that Beachum organized the event, and plans on coming back to do it again next year.