All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson returned to his alma mater, Sandy Creek to host his fifth annual Catching Dreams camp.
It's quite the honor for a town to claim a superstar used to call their place home. It's even more special when they come back to give back to the kids.
Calvin Johnson, one of the NFL's most popular players, returned to Tyrone on Saturday for his annual football camp. The Catching Dreams wide receiver camp has been drawing out plenty of excited young players ever since Calvin was drafted into the NFL. This was the fifth edition of Catching Dreams. The free camp is held for rising ninth through twelfth grade wide receiver student-athletes.
It's refreshing to see Johnson working hands on with the campers, not just putting his name on the shirts. Volunteers had to pull Johnson away from each group so everyone had a chance to do each drill.
Asked what he enjoys most about putting on the camp, Johnson answers quickly. "It's being able to instill character values or just all all the skills and tools that I've learned and some of my colleagues have learned," said Johnson. "It's being able to give them to the young fellas so they can be as good as they want to be."
Johnson has plenty of pointers to share. He graduated from Sandy Creek High School in 2004 and has gone on to become arguably Fayette County's most famous alum. After a thrilling career as a Patriot, Johnson was one of the nation's top recruits. He chose Georgia Tech where he became arguably the greatest wide receiver in school history.
It was just a matter of time before he took it to the next level. The Detroit Lions made him the second overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. He's been nothing short of a monster since, earning accolades and racking up nicknames like Megatron. Just this past season Johnson broke the single-season record for receiving yards. His peers voted him the #3 best player in the entire league this offseason.
The camp includes route running, agility work, weights, and of course plenty of catching. The camp isn't just about improving as a football player. It's also about improving as a person. One popular station at the camp was where the players had a chance to sit down and listen to the Georgia Tech Chaplain, Derrick Moore, talk on the topic "Scientific thinking among athletes." Stopping by the tent, you could see the campers riveted by Moore's talk.
It's awesome to see such a huge star take time out of his busy schedule to come back home and give back.
"Doing this is good for these guys," said Johnson. "They listen and we're able to leave them with some good tools."
So yeah, any town would be proud to have one of their own hit the big time. It's even better when they still come home to give back.