Legends All-Pro Football Camp free, as grant has been accepted

Published 5:05 am Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A grant has been accepted for the 14th annual Legends All-Pro Football Camp, allowing the event to be free for participants.

The National Football League Youth Foundation gives grants to retired NFL players who are vested in the NFL’s retirement system and are holding a free clinic in their hometown. Current players are also eligible.

The grant makes the camp free and helps with costs associated with equipment, T-shirts, food, Gatorade and hotel rooms.

This year’s camp takes place Thursday, June 16 at Lewis V. Murray Jr. Stadium on the campus of Bogalusa High School. It runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

“I look forward to it every year,” Plummer said. “It’s great that the NFL does that for their former players. It lets the youth know they can do anything they want to do through athletics, academics or whatever their chosen field is.

“You’ve just got to put forth your best effort and see what happens in the end. I’m just honored that I am come back and hold a camp of this magnitude.”

The staff of the camp is led by Bogalusa assistant football coach and 1983 Bogalusa High School graduate Bruce Plummer, who is also a former NFL player and former NFL Scout. The four coaches are Jerry Hardaway, Kory Banks, Swannie Jett and Rodney Holman.

Hardaway is a former NFL scout of 22 years. Banks played for 14 years in the Canadian Football League. Jett is a former Tennessee State player and is currently the CEO of the Seminole County Healthcare System in Florida. Holman is a former NFL tight end and a former NFL coach.

The rest of the camp staff scheduled to attend includes David Roberts, Robert Smith, Greg Greely, Sean Smith, James Butler, Rickey Warren, Jewell Plummer, Kenneth McSwain, Stanley Piggott, Zeron Williams, Ralph Burns, John Carter, Ricardo Washington, Tyrone Williams, Rogie Magee and Frank Harry.

Roberts is the Lumberjacks’ football coach while Butler is a coach at Bogalusa Middle School and Williams is a former Bogalusa High School player. Both Smiths along with Carter are former NFL players.

Greely is a former player and current assistant coach and Nichols State Hall of Famer.

Besides Greely, several other coaches are former college players. Washington and Magee played for LSU, Warren is a former Grambling State player, Jewell Plummer played for Southern, McSwain played for SLU, Piggott played for Jackson State and Harry, who is from Angie, played for Southern.

Burns is a former little league coach and Williams is a former SLU coach and current coach at Independence Middle School.

For more information, call Janola Walker Jr. at 985-516-3433, Ken Martin at 985-750-2343, Robert Smith at 713-594-0702, Debra Plummer at 985-735-1303 or Bruce Plummer at 404-606-2359, or email bplummer43@hotmail.com.