July 2nd, 2013
I got a chance to attend the NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, which the NFL put on with Anthony Muñoz’s Agency. PLAY 60 is an effort by the NFL to get kids to be active for 60 minutes a day. This camp focused on the basic skills of football. I think the PLAY 60 camp was a really good camp, as it taught me how to have more fun with football. The coaches had really good drills. They showed us catching, throwing and blocking drills and taught us Mission Impossible. I liked the running contest the best. The coaches were really nice and supportive of the kids no matter how good they were. They also explained what you were doing wrong if you messed up and didn’t yell.
I got to meet Brayden Coombs who is a Wide Receiver and Special Teams coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. I didn’t know Coombs was a coach because he was really young and didn’t look like the average coach. He was really nice and answered questions for me about my favorite player A.J. Green.
This camp reached out to kids to teach about characteristics that a person and an athlete should have on and off the field. Also, the coaches taught us about making good choices on and off the field.
Mr. Anthony Muñoz was the person who founded this event. He is the only Cincinnati Bengal to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. My dad remembers him playing for the Bengals and said he is considered the best offensive lineman in NFL history. He is from a Hispanic family and wanted to introduce football to kids who have a Hispanic background. I got to meet Mr. Muñoz and interview him. He was very big. He told me that playing in the NFL was very tough, but very fun. I asked him if football was popular in his neighborhood, and he said baseball was more popular. I asked him if he was scared to play, and he responded, “I was never scared to play in the NFL. But I just didn’t want to fail.” Other fun things he said was that he went out to dinner with his teammates on Thursday nights. Last, he encouraged me to have good work habits if I want to be successful in life.
I hope that I can go to this NFL Play 60 Character Camp next year. I always play 60 minutes or more a day to stay healthy and active, and I encourage you all to do the same.