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NFL players host one-day camp at high school alma mater
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
June 27, 2012 12:32 PM | 1886 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former Cartersville football star Andre Fluellen, now with the Detroit Lions, checks out his old high school football field last weekend before hosting a football camp there Saturday.
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San Diego Chargers running back Ronnie Brown and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Andre Fluellen are set to host a free football camp featuring other NFL players Saturday at Cartersville High School.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is the second year that Brown and Fluellen have hosted this camp. According to Fluellen, Cartersville has never been the site of a professional football camp and this was something he and Brown wanted to do.

“This is just a way to show appreciation and give back to the community. We both just wanted to give back,” said Fluellen.

Both Brown and Fluellen starred for the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes in the late 1990s and early 2000s and went on to play in the National Football League.

The promotional flyer for this event states that campers will get the chance to learn fundamentals, participate in drills, learn real life stories of some of the best athletes in the league and get autographs from the professional players that plan to attend.

Fluellen confirmed that several other NFL players to be in attendance, including Everette Brown (Detroit Lions), Jason Campbell (Chicago Bears), Channing Crowder (former Miami Dolphins), Sammie Hill (Detroit Lions), Demario Pressley (Chicago Bears), Carlos Rogers (San Francisco 49ers) and Carnell “Cadillac” Williams (St. Louis Rams). Brown starred in the same Auburn backfield with Williams in the early 2000s.

Fluellen said last year’s camp brought out 100 campers.

While the camp is open to the public and adults are welcome to attend, it is for youth participation only. Male and female participation is welcome, Fluellen said.

“Ages 4 to 14, but I don’t really want to exclude 15- to 17-year olds from coming, boys or girls,” said Fluellen.

This event is sponsored by USA Football and Dynasty Sports & Entertainment — Fluellen’s business based in Palm Coast. Fla., that he began five years ago as a plan for his life after he’s done playing football.

“I began Dynasty in 2007. I just knew playing football would not last forever so later I’ll have a business to roll into,” Fluellen said. “It is an entertainment business, for sports, comedy, anyone one who has talent and needs help getting in the right direction.”

Fluellen also said he intends to host the camp in his hometown for years to come.

“I’m still going to do the camp even after I’m done playing football. They [young players] should always learn techniques and just have fun,” said Fluellen.
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