NFL Starts Hold Free Football Camp for Local Youth
Initiated by The Mike Johnson & George Selvie Youth Football Camp, the camp featured an educational panel session and football clinic that began at 9am.
“I am really excited about this,” said George Selvie. “I feel as if this is my baby and I look forward to doing another one next year.” He said.
Selvie was drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams in 2010. A defensive end, he has spent time with the Rams, Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars. In college, Selvie was a standout at the University of South Florida where he became the first two-time All-American in USF history when he was selected by the American Football Coaches Association. In just his sophomore season, he led the nation in tackles for a loss (31.5) and was second in sacks (14.5). Because of his performance on the field, he was named the 2007 Big East Defensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award, which is given annually to college football‘s top defensive player.
Selvie graduated from Pine Forest High School where he was voted a 3A second team all-state selection and named a Super Senior by the Pensacola News Journal.
Camp participants received a free lunch, t-shirts, giveaways as well as instruction by Mike Johnson and George Selvie, along with a few of their colleagues in the NFL. Emmett Smith was also on hand to speak with the youths in regards to preparing for a career in football.
Mike Johnson is in his fourth year serving as an Offensive Lineman with the Atlanta Falcon. He was selected in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Mike played college football for the University of Alabama and earned first-team Al-American honors in 2008 and 2009 as well as ALL-SEC in 2009.
Johnson also graduated from Pine Forest High School where he graduated at the top of his class with a 4.0. As a high school football player, Johnson was considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and was listed as the 17th overall offensive tackle prospect in the nation.
Camp sponsors included the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Athletes for Charity, Wells Fargo Advisors, Deliverance Tabernacle Christian Center, Publix, The Crescent Foundation, the Tampa Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Elite Printing & Marketing, Profile Sports, Wal-Mart, Chick-fil-A and Winn Dixie.