View Full Version : Caldwell provides local youth football, life lessons at camp

07-11-2010, 09:56 AM
Next year, they'll have to print up more shirts.

The Antoine Caldwell Football Camp recovered from a shaky start Saturday under overcast skies at Cramton Bowl as the Houston Texans' starting right guard and friends instructed approximately 320 local football players between the ages of 7 to 16 on the fundamentals of football and life outside of football.

The shaky start wasn't noticeable to most, but organizers of the free clinic printed up 300 shirts for prospective campers, then ran out as streams of players continued to pour into the stadium.

"You just don't ever know what to expect," said Caldwell. "We ended up running out of T-shirts, but it was a great turnout. We couldn't have asked for better weather this time of year. It was important for me to be able to put it on and I really enjoyed it."

Caldwell had help from former Robert E. Lee teammates as well as several former Alabama teammates, including guard B.J. Stabler and defensive backs Chris Rogers, Marquis Johnson and Rashad Johnson.

The former All-America center opened up his clinic by addressing the campers on the importance of conduct off the field, both in school and at home with parents and siblings.

"You can't do any of this football stuff that you love to do without it," Caldwell said. "That was very important to me."