The youngsters participating in a Palmer-Williams Group’s fifth annual Football and Cheer Athletic Youth Camp on Jun 23 during Chickasabogue Park in Eight Mile perceived instruction from a lineup of former college and NFL players. But when they reached a receiver station, a kids got tips from a legend.
At Alabama, Palmer played on a 1992 accord national-championship team. In 1993, he finished third in a Heisman Trophy voting. That season, he became Alabama’s initial 1,000-yard receiver, gaining 180 some-more yards throwing passes than any prior Alabama actor had in one year. It would be 16 years before a Tide had another 1,000-yard receiver. Palmer also gained 278 rushing yards, finished 15 passes and returned 31 punts and 20 kickoffs on his approach to accord All-American approval in 1993.
Before a Tide, Palmer was Alabama’s Mr. Football for Jackson-Olin High School in 1990, when he done a Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State group during quarterback and a Birmingham News’ All-State group during using back.
After Alabama, Palmer played 7 seasons with a Minnesota Vikings and was a NFL’s heading punt returner in 1995.
In 2014, Palmer shaped a Palmer-Williams Group with Sherman Williams, a using behind who starred during Blount High School and Alabama before personification for a Dallas Cowboys. Williams was jailed for 15 years, and when he was expelled from prison, he and his former teammate sought a approach to change disadvantaged youngsters in a certain demeanour before a children’s minds acclimated to a disastrous influences they ordinarily saw around them.
The Palmer-Williams Group has an aim of “helping today’s girl see a softened tomorrow.” Its offerings embody sports programs in football, soccer, basketball and cheerleading. But with a idea focused on a socially disadvantaged, a Palmer-Williams Group’s programs also embody Lifesync Academy for “talented though misled youth” and financial-literacy seminars for youngsters.
Q. What does it meant for we to be out here today?
A. It means so most to me. A lot of people took their time and did a same thing for me when we was entrance adult and had dreams and goals. It means a whole lot to me to see a kids perplexing to perform their dreams.
Q. Do we remember anyone privately who helped we when we were these kids’ ages?
A. we had a lot of people that helped me — my uncle Billy Murray, some of my teammates’ dads were coaches, too. There were only a lot of guys who helped me get where we once was. My high propagandize coaches Michael Clisby, Earl Cheatham. My brother. we had a lot of people assistance me get to where we was, so I’m very, very, really grateful.
Q. Five years ago, we were out during Prichard Municipal Stadium for your organization’s initial event. Here we are 5 years later, how do we consider it’s gone?
A. We have come a prolonged approach in 5 years. It started off really delayed for us, though each year has gotten better. We have softened on what we were doing, so we feel like it’s been a success.
Q. Have we achieved what we hoped to accomplish?
A. We’re still removing there. We’re not right where we wish to be right now. We have a few some-more things that we need to do to be a association that we need to be.
Q. What do y’all wish to be?
A. Actually, we wish to see a kids out here be successful on a margin and off a field, in a village and maybe someday they’ll find in their heart some approach to give behind to their village only like we’re doing today.
Q. What do we consider about a guys, some of them former NFL players, entrance out here and assisting you? Obviously, it’s hot, and you’ve got a whole garland of kids — infrequently they listen to you, infrequently they don’t. What do we consider about all these guys?
A. Man, we consider that is a smashing thing. These kids out here perplexing to perform their dream, and we’re perplexing to assistance them do it. The coaches that are out here are putting in proffer time perplexing to make certain these kids stay on a right trail and set themselves a idea so they can get to where they need to be.
Q. Julio Jones, Amari Cooper, Calvin Ridley — Alabama keeps pumping out first-round far-reaching receivers now. When we were during Alabama, we were like an anomaly. What happened during Alabama?
A. A new era came in and a diversion of football changed. Alabama gave a lot of kids a event to come in and locate a ball. When we was playing, we were a run-oriented offense. The times and a diversion have altered a whole lot. Alabama’s means to uncover what kind of talent that they have during receiver, not only during using behind or a defensive line or in a secondary. Alabama’s come a prolonged way. But it started with Ozzie Newsome and a lot of other guys. A lot of talent has come by Alabama that played receiver. I’m happy for a guys out here currently like Amari and Julio Jones. Those guys are really talented.
Q. You have any destiny NFL receivers over there during your station?
A. Well, they need tough work. It’s going to take a lot of work. It took a lot of work for us to get where we once was. It’s only profitable courtesy to a details, and we consider a lot of a kids will get where they need to be.
Mark Inabinett is a sports contributor for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.