As the Kansas City Chiefs prepare to leave for training camp in a couple of weeks, their players are finishing up their summer responsibilities before heading to Wisconsin. CB Travis Daniels was one of a handful of NFL players coaching high school athletes at the Pro Football Camp on the campus of Nicholls State.
Despite heavy rain in the area Friday, the camp, which featured a goal setting and character building session as well, was held without interruption. Like the high school players, Travis Daniels says the NFL guys said they enjoyed the experience. It’s very exciting to be able to come out here and work with a lot of the kids. It’s great to be able to come back and go to different places and help out the kids, especially in Louisiana because I went to LSU, so I take a big interest in the kids around this state.”
Albert Elias, owner of Elias Sports Management, put this camp together and said this year a foundation to give some senior campers scholarship money for college was implemented.
“We formed a foundation with the camp — The Pro Football Combine Foundation. We auction off items and the money raised is going into a fund for the kids.”
Elias, whose brother Dr. David W. Elias along with Dr. Jason Higgins run the Orthopedic Sports Specialists of Louisiana practice in Thibodaux, said he is proud of what the camp has become and that he is excited about its future.
“It has been a dream of mine to give back. I feel it’s our obligation. The kids are going to remember this for the rest of their lives. This is something that will continue to grow. We’re already making plans for next year.”
Another Chiefs player giving back to the community. Good job, Travis! I only wish we heard more about other agents putting initiatives like this one together. With the power that so many agents have, there is no reason all of them cannot hold camps like this one run by Elias.
It certainly didn’t take former Chiefs quarterback Trent Green long to find a gig in broadcasting. Randy Covitz at the Kansas City Star reports Green has been hired as an analyst for two of the Rams’ four preseason games this summer.
Interestingly, neither will be the game against the Chiefs.
Green, who recently retired after finishing his career with St. Louis, will work the Rams’ Aug. 14 game at the New York Jets and the Aug. 21 game against Atlanta and former teammate Tony Gonzalez in St. Louis.
Former Rams tight end Roland Williams will handle the other two games, including Sept. 3 against the Chiefs in St. Louis.
It would have been great to hear Green call the Chiefs game and get his insights into all of the changes in Kansas City. But at the same time, it should be very interesting to hear his thoughts on Jets QB Mark Sanchez and of course Tony Gonzalez when the rams play the Falcons.
Any New York Chiefs fans out there? If so, you can meet tackle Branden Albert at the Rochester Red Wings game Monday, July 20th when they take on the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, Albert will sign autographs in the main concourse from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Born in Rochester, Albert 24, was a 1st round pick (15th overall) of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2008 NFL Draft. Albert, a former East High student, moved to Maryland after his sophomore year.
Albert is in town for “Branden Albert Kid’s Day” at the Carlson Metrocenter YMCA on Sunday, July 19. Branden is reaching out to Rochester area children and encouraging them to stay in school and away from drugs.
In addition, Albert and 40 children who attend Branden Albert Kid’s Day at the downtown YMCA will attend the game on Monday.
Out of all the amazing work Chiefs players are doing off the field, Albert is definitely leading the way. I’ve talked plenty about Albert needing to step up and be a leader for Kansas City this season along with his quarterback, Matt Cassel. As we’ve seen, he has been leading by example in the community and that has to bode well for training camp and the rest of the season.