HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Three Super Bowl champions brought the message of anti-bullying to the fourth and final day of the Gridiron State Football Camp at Depken Field in Hasbrouck Heights.
Players heard from former Green Bay Packer Cullen Jenkins (Super Bowl XLV), former Denver Broncos defensive end Marvin Washington (Super Bowl XXXIII), and two-time Super Bowl champ Lee Rouson from the New York Giants. Each of the pros praised the players for coming out to the camp and working hard, not being at home or playing video games.
Jenkins message also included self confidence and working hard.
"Never let doubt get into your mind," he said. "If you believe in yourself, you have a chance. Continue to believe, to fight, to earn it. Nothing is given to you."
Washington also encouraged the boys to "listen to your parents, and work hard," acknowledging that "football is a hard, tough game." He told the boys not to waste the opportunities that they get.
Returning to the camp again this year was current Miami Dolphins wide receiver and New Jersey native Leonte Carroo. Carroo, a star at Don Bosco and Rutgers, encouraged the players to do well in school and in sports, and to listen to their teachers, parents and coaches as they will "lead you in the right direction."
He reinforced the anti-bullying message.
"If you see anybody (bullying) at school, it's not cool," he said. "It's not the right thing to do."
Lee Rouson rounded out the day's guest speakers. He admited that he "misses football, misses huddling up with Phil Simms."
"It takes courage not be a bully," he said. "It takea courage to be kind, to be respectful. It takes courage no matter what you do in life."
Earlier in the week, David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals sent a video message to the players.
And Tony Richardson, 2-time All Bowl player and former New York Jet sent a video message re-enforcing the anti-bullying message.
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