Legends Camp a hit once again

Published 9:35 am Monday, June 23, 2014

Participants and coaches at the 12th annual Legends All-Pro Football Camp couldn’t have asked for a better day Thursday for the free event, which took place at Lewis V. Murray Jr. Stadium on Bogalusa High’s campus.

The 160 campers ages 6-18 learned different parts of football through drills and coaching from local and out-of-town guys.

Many of the coaches played in either college or the pros.

One of the campers taking part was Ben’s Ford Christian School’s Destin Pittman, who is entering his senior season.

One of the things he did was work on footwork.

“We’ve been working on footwork and techniques through ladders, bags and different things like that,” Pittman said.

Pittman was attending the camp for the first time. He said he was having a lot of fun at the clinic.

“I’m getting a good workout in,” Pittman said.

In addition to the footwork drills, campers worked on offensive line drills and linebacker drills.

One of the men coaching at the clinic was Greg Greely, who is a 1981 graduate of Bogalusa High School.

After his high school playing days, Greely went on to Nicholls State University.

In 1984 he was named a second-team All-Gulf Star selection at defensive back and currently holds the school’s career interception mark with 21.

After college, he was a second-round draft pick by the San Antonio Gunslingers of the United States Football League.

This was Greely’s sixth year working the camp and he said he loves it.

“I call it my vacation time, but I come here to give back to these guys and to encourage these guys,” Greely said.

Greely, who played quarterback for Bogalusa, was working with the signal callers at the clinic.

“I have a little offensive expertise,” Greely said. “I come back and I work with the little quarterbacks. They’ve got some good little kids out here, who will be pretty decent as they continue to learn and train.”

During the season, Greely was recognized for his college football success when he was inducted into the Nicholls State University Hall of Fame.

“It was one of the greatest honors ever bestowed on me,” Greely said. “It was a pleasure. It was a great award. A lot of family came. My pastor and my deacon came and (so did) my brothers. I had a great time. It was a beautiful induction ceremony.”

Camp Director Bruce Plummer graduated from Bogalusa High School in 1983.

He said Greely being inducted into the Hall of Fame is a great honor.

He said he’s known Greely his whole life.

“We grew up right down the street from each other,” Plummer said. “For him to get that, it’s makes the whole Richardsontown proud of him for doing that.”

He said they had a great turnout once again this year.

“I’m starting to see every year a lot of different jerseys,” Plummer said. “You’ve got about 50 kids out here from Independence, you’ve got some kids out here from Ben’s Ford, some kids from Poplarville, (Miss.). It looks like the word of the Legends All-Pro Football Camp is spreading not only in Louisiana, but in Mississippi, so we’re attracting all kinds of kids and that’s great. It’s great for me as the director of the camp and all of the guys that help to see all of these kids that can come out and for these guys that can come out and help these kids.”

Plummer said they are excited to help the participants.

“If it’s college football, if it’s being a teacher, if it’s being an electrician, whatever their goal in life is, they can do it. They’ve just got to put forth the effort,” Plummer said.