Fans rejoice as football season slowly approaches.
Yet, before guard Jamon Brown takes the field for the Atlanta Falcons training camp, there was a promise to keep in his home city. Brown, who was drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft by the then St. Louis Rams, attended Fern Creek High School and the University of Louisville.
It marked a great day for Louisville. A UofL product and current Atlanta Falcon, Brown treated aspiring football players from the community to a free football camp for children.
The camp, held at the Personal Fitness and Rehabilitation center, marked the third year of Brown’s event. As part of the program, participants enjoyed a skate and swim party. Buffalo Bills’ Keith Towbridge a former UofL tight end, was also in town to assist Brown.
“This was a part of my dream,” Brown said. “Not only making it to the NFL, but being able to give back and change some lives and I’m hoping I’m doing that.”
Not just a hoops town
Basketball used to be the most popular sport in the River City. Now, the pigskin is king. This summer, Micheal Vick and Chad Johnson held a camp. Beyond Brown, Reggie Bonnafon, another Louisville alumni and native, also held a football camp.
Indeed, Louisville has become a breeding ground for football. With UofL looking to return to it’s top 25 football form, more players and camps likely will be held for years to come.
One gets the impression that suits Brown just fine.
“Sometimes we get caught up because I’m on a national stage, that’s what gets a lot of national attention but really, anyone can do what I do,” Brown said. “I’m hoping to spread that amongst our community and hopefully that trickles down and it changes the world.”