Local Giants take part in N.Y. Jets’ outing
Published 5:24 am, Wednesday, September 9, 2015
For a few hours, the boys got to act like men and the men got to remember what it was like to be a boy. The men showed the boys various workout and training drills while the boys showed the men wide-eyed excitement and enthusiasm.
The Fairfield Giants Pop Warner football team was one of 21 youth football teams from the tri-state area that recently participated in Youth Football Day, part of USA Football Month, at the New York Jets training camp in Florham Park, N.J., getting a special look at how National Football League players prepare for the regular season.
But along with the football, came fun as the Jets gave the young players the chance to participate in “Jets Fest” an interactive theme park that featured inflatable rides, slides and skills challenges.
“Hopefully, this inspires them to one day try and play football,” Jets offensive guard Willie Colon said. “They get to come out here on a hot day and see what it’s really all about on a professional level. To see a guy like (receiver) Brandon (Marshall) and Fitz (quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick) and (cornerback Darrelle) Revis, putting good fundamental work in, it’s good to teach.
“The only way we can show them is by coming to work and being professional. And if they do aspire to be football players it’s through that hard work and dedication to be the best you can be each and every day.”
USA Football Month provides an opportunity for the NFL to celebrate the 6,500 youth football leagues across the country and the over one million youth football and high school players that are enrolled in “Heads Up Football” this season. Heads Up Football is a program endorsed by the NFL that aims to educate young players to participate in better, safer game play. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently came to Fairfield to take part in a workout with the Fairfield Giants.