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Sports Illustrated and MTV Experience Football University
Sports Illustrated was so interested in Football University, that they sent one of their writers undercover as an aspiring college quarterback at FBU's Rutgers camp. Kevin Armstrong's article gives you an up close and personal account of what it's like to be a quarterback at FBU. His article can be found by clicking on this link:
Video from Kevin's experience can be found by clicking:
YouTube-SI writer at FBU
Pictured above: SI writer Kevin Armstrong (left) pictured with one the nation's top prep quarterbacks, Tom Savage (right).
When MTV was in need of the best football camp in America, they turned to Football University. MTV's MADE came to Football University's Pittsburgh Camp. The show will air on Saturday, October 11th-
BE SURE TO TUNE IN!
"During past seasons, each episode of MADE followed one willing candidate as they embarked on a mission to transform their life. Whether it was becoming a varsity football player, the homecoming queen or a cheerleader, each teenager dreamed of breaking out of their shell and finding out what they were really made of and what they could achieve when given the tools and training. Sometimes they were successful, sometimes not ... and sometimes they realized they really liked who they were to begin with after all.
This season, MADE is back and better than ever. We've got bigger goals, celebrity coaches and plenty of the classic MADE you know and love.
If they really want to be all they can be, then it's time for them to suck it up and get MADE!"
-MTV's MADE website'
For more information on MTV's MADE, click on:
Football University wraps up 2008 with National All-Star Camp
Top Prep Prospects Invited
Pictured from left to right: Football University Top Gun Athletes-RB Bryce Brown (Kansas), LB Jayden Bird (Kansas), RB Lache Seastrunk(Texas), RB Christine Michael (Texas), RB Cierre Wood (California), WR Randall Carrroll (California), and OL Zeke Motta (Florida)
Football University's 18-city, five-month tour culminated in Paisley, Florida with its National All-Star Camp, which brought together many FBU grads, the nation's top prep football players for three days of training with former NFL players and coaches. Football University's All-Star Camp at All-Star Sports Training, an NFL stage facility, displayed some of the nation's best talent, including 2009 U.S. Army All-Americans, potential All-Americans, and Football University alumni. Football University's All-Star Camp focused on teaching technique and skill to the players, as well as showing how they stacked-up against the nation's best just weeks before their season openers.
A few of the invited athletes include the following: Rivals #1-ranked RB Bryce Brown (Wichita, KS) Wichita East; #3-ranked RB Cierre Wood (Oxnard, CA) Santa Clara; Rivals #1-ranked athlete Patrick Hall (Ventura, CA) St. Bonaventure; Rivals #2-ranked receiver
Randall Carroll (Los Angeles, CA) Cathedral; Rivals #5-ranked receiver Shaquelle Evans Inglewood, CA) Inglewood; Rivals #1-ranked TE Logan Thomas (Lynchburg,VA) Brookville;
and many others.
Football University's All-Star Camp instructors included Super Bowl-winning defensive back Perry Williams, Super Bowl-winning receiver Andre Rison, current Dallas Cowboy Rich Bartel, former Houston Oiler running back Lorenzo White, 3-time Super Bowl Champion Coach Joe Avezzano and many other NFL instructors.
Rivals.com covered the All-Star showcase gavel to gavel exclusively and over 23 stories on FBU Top Gun can be found at Rivals.com.
To check out exclusive National All-Star Camp footage, visit:
FBU's NFL Instructors Teach Football at
the Top of the World
FBU Instructors pictured above: Perry Williams (DB), Blair Thomas (RB), Andre Rison (WR), Irv Eatman (OL), Chris Miller (QB), and Instructor John Fontes (LB/DL)
USA Today covered Football University's journey to Barrow, Alaska. To check out the article, click on: USA Today- Ex-NFLers have a Whaler of a time with Alaskan youngsters.
Football University and its team of former NFLers recently made a journey to Barrow, Alaska, an Eskimo village situated on the Arctic Ocean in the northern most part of the United States. The goal was simple: Teach and motivate the Barrow Whaler High School football team and village kids about football. The result was simply astonishing. The surprised and excited high school and village kids spent three days training under Football University's staff of former NFL players. Most had never even seen an NFL player, much less played football with one. "Shocked and thrilled would be the best words," said Barrow School Superintendent Trent Blankenship. "This will be legendary here. Generations will be talking about this and saying 'remember when those NFL players came'. This might be a small national story but to us it'll be the stuff of legend."
Check out exciting highlight video of FBU's experience in Barrow, Alaska:
Football University Expands to 32 Cities in 2009
New Schedule Includes International Destinations
In 2008, FBU traveled across the country over five months to 18 different FBU locations across the nation. After finishing a great year, FBU and its elite NFL instructors are ready to take it to the next level in 2009, offering more camps across the country than ever before.
Rich McGuinness, president of Football University said, "We are nearly doubling the number of camps compared to last year. In 2009, our NFL instructors, top technical training, and advanced technology will visit more cities than ever before and we will be unveiling surprises and fresh curriculum. We are excited to give more elite athletes the chance to receive the technical training that can help get them to the next level."
Some of the new cities that FBU will visit in 2009 include Atlanta, Miami, Hawaii, Salt Lake City, Nashville, and Cincinnati.
FBU is going international with camps in Canada, Germany and Mexico slated for early
Above: FBU Instructors Andre Rison (Super Bowl-Winning Receiver)
and Rich Bartel (NFL QB) with Rivals #2-ranked receiver Randall
Carroll at FBU Top Gun in Florida.
A DIFFERENT STOKES
By Arthur Rice, Blitz Magazine
What do you do when football season ends? You go to camp. In this day and age, high school football recruits hit the combine and camp circuit all spring and all summer. It's an opportunity to compete against the best players in your area and across the nation. You can learn new techniques, and more importantly, establish yourself and build your national profile.
Take Je'Ron Stokes of Northeast High School in Philadelphia. Both Rivals.com and Scouts.com rank the 6'1", 185lb wideout in the top ten at his position for the '09 class. In his sophomore season, he didn't get the playing time he felt he deserved. A frustrated and confused Je'Ron could not understand the politics of seniority. He knew he could help his team win.
For more on this story go to: www.blitzmagonline/stokes
Football University note: Je'Ron Stokes attended the 2008 Rutgers as well as Philadelphia FBU Camps and we are proud of his accomplilshments!
25 Innovators & Influencers
A Spotlight On 25 Of The Industry's Best
By Michelle Martin
Sports Events Magazine
SportsLink Founder/President Rich McGuinness and Chairman Doug Berman have quickly become two of the most influential people in football. The company's U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Football University invitation-only camp allow high school and collegiate standouts, respectively, to show off and improve their skills under the training of the game's top coaches and former players. Since the first bowl in 2000, more than 750 participants like 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow (University of Florida) and the National Football League's (NFL) Reggie Bush (New Orleans Saints) have gone on to play collegiate and professional football. McGuinness hopes to be remembered for "providing the best high school athletes with their first great sports moment and giving them the skills and techniques to create more opportunities to celebrate more great moments in sports."
To read more on the article from Sports Events Magazine, visit:
Sportseventsmagazine.com/ Innovators & Influencers
Read Between the Gridlines
FBU's Fall Reading List
The Best Game Ever by Mark Bowden
You'll like this because it is about the best game you didn't even get to watch. The 1958 NFL Championship Game between the Baltimore Colts & the New York Giants is the game that put pro football on the map. Find out who wins in the first ever sudden-death overtime game.
A Few Seconds of Panic by Stefan Fatsis
You'll like this because it places an unextraordinary 5-8, 170-pound sports writer inside the NFL. He has to learn to deal with the pressures that face top level athletes. Find out if he is able to survive and perform as an elite kicker.
Game on by Tom Ferry
You'll like this because the author examines the lives of child athletes and the consequences of sorting the strong from the weak at even earlier ages. He dives into the world of these games that are played by more than 30 million boys and girls, and along the way uncovers some surprising truths. It's a good book for anyone who wants the best for the newest generation of Americans, athletes and citizens.
FBU Recognizes Real Talent
Congratulations to the FBU athletes who received football scholarship offers to college!
Listed by camp:
Drew Allen, Phillip Gaines, Sean Porter, Charles Ross, Stephen Warren
Shane McCullen, Drew Terrell, Rueben Robinson
Tajh Boyd, Justin Bright, Michael Dobson, Antone Exum, Cameron Lawrence, William Marable, Danny O'Brien, Bryn Renner, Sean Schroeder, David Williams
Je'Ron Stokes, Alec Lemon, Devin Street, Justin Renfro
Aaron Fisher, Hunter Frantz, Ashton Glaser, Cody Marley, Terdema Ussery, Doak Raulston, Bryce Petty
David Barrent, AJ Hill, Chris Wade
Mike Matthews, Cayman Shutter
Adaris Bellamy, Denzel Bonner, Robert Cooper, Jordan Dangerfield, Rob Henry, Justin Jones, Cody Ledford, Travis Ward, Arthur Williams, Lonnie Pryor
Abdul Smith, Tom Savage, Michael Larrow
Billy Ragone, Jamal Smith, Cody Jackson, Eric Pinkins, Kylan Butler
Anthony Foster, Robert Walker, Travis Swanson, Michael Terry, Stephen Campbell
Drew Allen, Edwin Baker, Jaydan Bird, Tajh Boyd Bryce Brown, Randall Carroll, Michael Carter, Shaquelle Evans, Anthony Foster, Patrick Hall, Cliff Harris, Gabe Lynn, Larvez Mars, T.J McDonald, Bryce McNeal, Chris Metcalf, Christine Michael, Byron Moore, Zeke Motta, Kevin Newsome, Eric Samuels, Logan Thomas, Chris Whaley, Cierre Wood
The 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour kicks-off on October 2nd, 2008 at three separate locations across the nation. Visit www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com to follow the Selection Tour over three exciting months, as 90 senior high school football players make their dreams a reality!