July 27th, 2010
Last week I went to the NFL 101/201 and a lot of football players were there. There were also people that worked for the NFL. The NFL 101/201 is an event to support bringing NFL Football back to Los Angeles. The last team in LA was here 16 years ago. The event was held at the Coliseum which is where the first Super Bowl was played and is currently home to the USC Trojans. They had tons of skill drills set up on the field with NFL players or coaches providing the instructions. The skill drills I tried were catching with Jerricho Cotchery of the Jets and passing with Brian Billick. I also tried kicking field goals but I wasn't too good at that. They also had uniforms and other equipment used by players in the Locker Room with Gordon "Red" Batty. He is the equipment manager of the Green Bay Packers. He showed me players pants, shoes, and heat bags. One of the most interesting things was a size 19 shoe. It was huge. In the locker room they also showed how to make a football.
The most exciting part of NFL 101/201 is meeting the players. The players that I met were Steve Smith of the Giants, Chargers QB Philip Rivers and Greg Townsend of the Oakland Raiders. He showed me his Super Bowl ring from Super Bowl XVIII. I asked Philip Rivers how many touchdown passes he'll throw this year. He said that the more the better so I'm thinking about thirty-three. I also asked Steve Smith how many touchdowns he'll catch and he said only 10. I also saw Herman Edwards who was a player and coach, Mike Pereira, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. I also saw the Oakland and San Francisco cheerleaders. I even took pictures with Oakland's 3 Super Bowl trophies. It was a very fun event.