Young football players to learn from ex-pros |

Young football players to learn from ex-pros

G. Sean KellyPost Independent Sports Editor
Post Independent Photo/Kara K. PearsonJoey Sullivan, 11, of Basalt, sprints alongside Mark Jackson, retired NFL football player, during running drills at the Rare Breed Football Camp last year.

Die-hard Denver Broncos fans have been making the trip to Dove Valley to watch the Broncos training camp. Some young players who dream of someday becoming a NFL football player are staying in Glenwood Springs for a camp of their own.

The Rick Upchurch Rare Breed football camp, which starts today, marks the unofficial start of football camp season in the area.Upchurch, a former Denver Broncos standout wide receiver who was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, will bring in six other former NFL players to teach young gridders the intricacies of football.

The camp is no longer directly associated with Three Rivers Youth Football, but that doesn’t lessen the impact the professional knowledge can have on young players, according to New Castle Three Rivers Football coach Dave Alderson.”Obviously, with the people (Upchurch) brings in, NFL alumni with a ton of football background, their expertise is always helpful as far as drills and technique,” Alderson said. “It’s always helpful to get around those guys and learn from the pros.”

The three-day camp is open to players entering third through eighth grades in the fall and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at Glenwood Springs High School. Young players from Aspen to Rifle typically make the trip for the camp, learning together before becoming opponents when the Three Rivers and middle school seasons start later this month.Players can still register for the camp this morning prior to the first session. The cost is $75.

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