NFL Stars Return To Vanderbilt
Much of Vanderbilt's active NFL
players spent the weekend getting reacquainted and working
with local inner city youngsters through the Nashville non-profit
organization Backfield in Motion.
Football Head Coach Bobby Johnson
and several active Commdores, including defensive backs Mike
Martin and Rushen Jones, receivers Ryan Cuffee and Dan Stricker,
linemen Matt Clay, Justin Geisinger and Jovan Haye, and running
back Norval McKenzie, joined the NFL players for a lengthly
clinic at a north Nashville park coordinated by Backfield
Among the NFL players participating
were linebackers Jamie Duncan (St. Louis Rams), Jamie Winborn
(San Francisco 49ers) and Shelton Quarles (Tampa Bay Buccaneers),
defensive backs Corey Chavous (Minnesota Vikings) and Corey
Harris (Detroit Lions). Several others, including 2000 grad
Jimmy Williams (now with the 49ers), 2001 graduates Antuian
Bradford and Nate Morrow (both with the Tennessee Titans),
Lew Thomas (San Diego Chargers) and Greg Zolman (Indianapolis
Colts) also were among the participants.
"What a great weekend, especially
the Saturday clinic," Coach Johnson said. "To have those former
players on campus and giving back to the community like they
did on Saturday was very impressive. I saw a great collection
of young men this weekend."
The activities started Friday
evening with an All-Star Reception hosted by Backfield in
Motion and the football program. Fifteen active or former
NFL players attended the function, including Herb Rich (Class
of 1949) and Corey Harris (Class of 1991 ) who showed off
their world championship rings.
Johnson, Chavous, and Backfield
in Motion coordinator/former Commodore QB Hiram Lewis spoke
at the reception.
On Saturday, the NFL players
and current Commodores joined Coach Johnson for a four-hour
clinic with nearly 85 kids who arrived from several neighborhoods