Former Port Arthur Memorial running back Jamaal Charles conducted the first day of his football camp Friday at Memorial, with 175 kids participating.
This is the fourth year Charles, who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, has held his free camp.
“I’m giving back to the community,” Charles said. “It’s an amazing thing.”
The camp continues 9 a.m. Saturday.
The Kansas City Chiefs are nearing the start of 2013 training camp, with the QBs and rookies scheduled to report on July 22nd. One of those signal-callers, Chiefs QB Chase Danielenters his first year with the team, after spending the last four seasons with the New Orleans Saints.
On March 13th, the Chiefs signed Daniel and since then, he participated in the team’s offseason programs, including OTAs and minicamp practices; he later sat down to discuss the past few months, playing in Chiefs head coach Andy Reid’s system and more.
Q: What is your evaluation of the offseason training program?
Daniel: I think it has been great. Barry Rubin, our strength and conditioning coach, has done a great job of getting us in shape, not only cardiovascular but strength-wise as well. We have put in a lot of really good work. Time off will be nice, but we also know that we have to come back ready to roll, come camp time.
For the NFL, the saga follows other high-profile criminal cases, including one last year in which Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, shot his girlfriend to death, then drove to the team training facility and killed himself in front of his coach and general manager.
The league has declined to comment about the Hernandez case.
At least one company yanked an endorsement deal with Hernandez, and puzzled family members of Lloyd sought answers about his death.
Andy Reid will embrace Alex Smith with the Kansas City Chiefs and put him in a low-risk system that will play to Smith’s strengths. While I’m highly doubtful that will add up to fantasy-starter numbers, the Chiefs will improve on their dreadful ’12 record. Expect low TD and INT totals for Smith, with a competent season in which he’ll be near the league’s bottom in average yards at the catch, but without too many crushing performances. He’s a deep option in a two-QB league.