FRANKLIN, Tenn. –** Titans quarterback Jake Locker hosted his third annual football pro camp -- sponsored by SunnyD -- Wednesday night at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin. The sold-out camp included 250 boys and girls from grades one through eight.
"This is one of the highlights of my year," said Locker. "It's an opportunity to remember what it was like being five or six years old and playing this game. There's so much joy that they have to be out here. To have that opportunity to experience that with them and run around with them makes me feel like I'm young again. I love that."
In addition to three and a half hours of football instruction from Locker, each camper left with a limited edition t-shirt, an exclusive camp team photo and an autograph from Locker. There were drills, contest, prizes and a fun time had by all.
The various stations specialized in different football fundamentals. Small groups were organized so that each
Titans QB Jake Locker held his third annual pro football camp Wednesday evening. (Photos: Joe Fann)
participant got the maximum amount of coaching attention. The campers then got to put their skills to the test in different competitions.
After each camper showcased their talents, it was clear to Locker that some might have a future playing career at LP Field.
"Oh yeah I'm sure there's a lot of future Titans out there," said Locker. "I've actually heard a few kids are already playing for the Titans so that's a good thing."
The camp concluded with a lecture from Locker to the campers. The Titans fourth-year quarterback told stories about his football career as well as important lessons for life outside of football.
"That's probably the number one focus of the camp," Locker explained. "It's great to be competitive and have the spirit to win, but I was always told growing up that the person you are off the field is a lot more important than the one you are on the field. I'm trying to encourage kids to do that same thing to be as good as you can always, not just but in football, but in life. That's the goal of today."
Locker did talk some football when he met with the media, as players report to Saint Thomas Sports Park Friday morning for the beginning of training camp. The QB said he'll be a full go from day one and has never felt better.
"There's so many things you can learn from it [the Lisfranc injury] and so many ways that you can be better for it," Locker said. "That's how I approached it. I've tried to come as quick as I could and as strong as I could. I feel like I've been able to do that physically and mentally."
Spirits are high for everyone in the Titans locker room going into training camp. Locker echoed those sentiments on Wednesday.
"We're excited," said Locker. "We've been working hard and it means something to us to come back and be ready to go. That's what I'm excited about. It's a group of guys going in the same direction and I think that's powerful."