BUFORD, Ga. - Bradley Roby had lots of familiar faces at his first free youth football camp. He knew lots of the parents bringing their kids to participate and lots of friends showed up to say hi. He also had a connection to the group of NFL players who served as coaches.
"It's great, I just appreciate them so much," said Roby, "they didn't have to come."
The former Peachtree Ridge High School and current Denver Broncos defensive back had a big group of kids at the Buford Youth Sports Complex for his event. Along with him were guys he knows from his Ohio State days, including Saints receiver Mike Thomas and Giants cornerback Eli Apple. He also had several former High 5 Sports alums he grew up alongside, like fellow Peachtree Ridge alum and current Cincinnati Bengal Kevin Minter.
"Some of these [NFL players] are from the area," said Minter. "I feel like it speaks to the talent of the area, and also the respect we have for Roby and the respect we have for what he's doing."
Roby tried his best to talk to as many of the kids in attendance as he could, using free moments to walk around giving high fives along with tips on football fundamentals.
"For the young guys to see that it is possible," said Roby on why he wanted to host the camp. "You can come up in this area and make it to the top. It's a blessing for us to be where we're at, it's only right that we want to come back and show these guys, 'hey, you can do it, too.'"