NFL pros return home to teach more than just football

By: Heather Geller

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TULSA, Okla - It's the 9th year for NFL stars to return to Green Country and back to their former high school for the Life Skills and Drills Football Academy


“It's always good to come back,” NFL wide receiver Tyler Lockett said. “I’m from here. I went to school out here at Booker T. Washington.

“The building is different, but I still feel the same spirit is here,” former NFL running back Felix Jones said.

It began with Jones and Robert Meachem, and now every year more and more pros from Green Country are getting involved. Kids got to learn from Bixby’s Chris Harris and Owasso’s Aaron Colvin also this weekend.

“Growing up in Tulsa we didn't really have too much of this,” Colvin said. “I know Robert Meachem did do this when we were younger, just to have multiple guys in the NFL now is a really cool thing.”

It's a dream come true for of many of these kids to not only be on the same field as an NFL star but to learn from them as well.

“Tyler Lockett, he’s actually like my role model, like my top role model,” camper Zedekia Chapman said.

It's not just teaching them the X's and O's out on the football field, these NFL pros are teaching these kids much more than just that.

“I had the opportunity to tell them like stay in the books. You know, focus on school, get good grades. They’ll take that more to heart more than their own family because I’m somebody they want to be like when they want to grow up,” Lockett said.

“I wanted to learn like life skills, and what to do better in life because I’ve been having some troubles, but I’ve been working through them,” Chapman said.

“How to be a great person. Be a great citizen in your community. You know how to give back,” Jones said.

From the football field to life, these pros are making a difference in Tulsa.


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