Nick Fairley following in Willie Anderson’s footsteps with annual football camp

MOBILE, Alabama - In a dog-eat-dog rivalries of Mobile high propagandize football, it competence not seem right to have a Vigor Wolf make a durability sense on a Williamson Lion. But it happened, and since of it, a second annual Nick Fairley Lion Heart Football and Cheerleading Camp happened on Saturday during Williamson High School.

Around 300 youngsters incited out for a second annual giveaway eventuality hosted by a Detroit Lions defensive tackle. Fairley was an All-State actor for Williamson before going on to Auburn, where he helped a Tigers win a 2010 BCS inhabitant championship while winning a Rotary Lombardi Award as a nation’s best interior lineman.

“We have a good time,” Fairley said. “It’s always good to come behind to a village and be hands-on. It’s easy for a man to come in and write a check and only disappear. When you’re out there hands-on and association with a kids, it’s something they’re going to remember after they grow up. I’m only perplexing to do that since we know when we was flourishing adult a man by a name of Willie Anderson, he was hands-on in a village and that stranded with me as we was flourishing up.”

Voted in an check this week as a greatest actor in Coastal Alabama football history, Anderson, like Fairley, went on to Auburn before his NFL career. Anderson was a three-time first-team All-Pro during his 13 seasons as an descent tackle with a Cincinnati Bengals and is deliberate a Pro Football Hall of Fame candidate.

McKinnley Jackson, a 12-year-old going into a seventh class during George County Middle School, attended a camp, and he accepted a stress of Fairley’s hands-on approach.

“It was great,” McKinnley said. “All these drills, and my cousin came by – Nick’s my cousin. He didn’t forget about us. Some stars forget about their hometown.”

McKinnley wants to follow Fairley into a NFL and play for “any group that drafts me.” After a full morning of coaching by a accumulation of drills, McKinnley had a message.

“It’s not all about football,” McKinnley said. “God first, family second, grades third, football fourth and girls last.”

Xayvier Crenshaw, an 8-year-old going into a third class during Council Traditional School, perceived one of a 8 trophies presented to a Nick Fairley Lion Heart Football and Cheerleading Camp MVPs. He pronounced he got it “for operative hard.”

“It was only like going to a college camp,” Xayvier pronounced of Saturday’s practice.

A Municipal Park Raider final season, Xayvier hopes to play for a Carolina Panthers some day since they “have a lot of cold players like Cam Newton.”

The work and persperate wasn’t singular to a football margin on Saturday. A cheerleading stay was going on in a Williamson gym during a same time. Fairley did not lead a cheerleading camp. For that, he had a South Alabama cheerleaders on hand. That’s what drew Elizabeth Evans, a 12-year-old going into a seventh class during Semmes Middle School, to Saturday’s event.

“I wanted to come learn from a best,” she said.

For as many memories as Fairley has from a adjacent football margin and a one opposite Dublin Street during Ladd-Peebles Stadium, he has copiousness from a Lions’ gym, too.

Fairley warranted All-State honors in basketball when he helped Williamson win a AHSAA Class 5A climax in 2007. He pronounced he’d “take that title” when asked if he was a best basketball actor on a Detroit Lions.

“A lot of folks contend we was improved in basketball since we won a state pretension in basketball my comparison year,” Fairley said, “but we was substantially a improved football actor all around.”

Fairley had a assistance of internal coaches and a Williamson football group for a football apportionment of a camp, which, with a support of 18 sponsors, enclosed health screenings and lunch.

The football and cheerleading stay was partial of Lion Heart Charity Weekend during what has been admitted as Lion Heart Charity Month in a city of Mobile.

Fairley hold an invitation-only bowling contest on Friday night and was headed to “Noir: All Black Affair” during a Tag Bar and Lounge on Saturday night.

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