NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – North Plainfield youth football players enjoyed a special day of training with professional coaches and NFL veterans at Krausche Field. From 7 to seventeen, more than three dozen up and coming players took the field to learn advanced skills, new techniques and play some eight on eight games.
“This is a great day for this,” said Willie Vick, a parent who volunteers with the Jr. Canucks football program. “These players are moving forward with their skills today, and it will make a difference in the fall.”
The coaches who spent the day in North Plainfield were from Let ‘Em Play of Middlesex, a company that provides single day training sessions, showcases and multi-day camps for football programs and players throughout Central NJ. Let ‘Em Play focuses on ensuring that the players get to learn new techniques on both sides of the ball and in multiple positions as opposed to focusing on just one skill.
“Our players learn to be complete players, not just at their own position but in all aspects of the game,” Dereck Beck, of Let ‘Em Play, said.
Former New Jersey Giant Barrett Brooks, who played 12 years in the NFL where he won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburg Steelers, was glad to be on hand. He has been involved with Let ‘Em Play for the past year and a half, and is happy to be with the young players providing support he didn’t have when he was a kid.
“This is where it’s at; on this field are future football stars,” said Brooks. “I remember when I was young and I didn’t have anyone like me to talk to about what it takes to make it in this sport.”
Brooks notes that he does more than just teach football skills, but about living quality and upstanding lives. He enjoys being on the sidelines with the players waiting for their turn, talking about his life and the choices he’s made.
“Football is important, but it’s not everything,” said Brooks. “No matter how good you are you are a man first.”