Valdosta Daily Times

May 30, 2013

Randall Godfrey Youth Camp Saturday

Ed Hooper
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The 12th annual Randall Godfrey All-Star Football Camp will be held Saturday inside Lowndes’ Martin Stadium.

The former Lowndes Viking turned second-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys will host the annual camp, which is available for boys between the ages of 6-14.

The camp begins with registration Saturday morning at 8 a.m., with camp instruction beginning at 8:30 a.m. The camp will conclude at 4:30 p.m. and all kids get a free T-shirt and food. The price is $30 per camper.

“It is important to me to give back to the community,” Godfrey said. “I have always encouraged kids to come back and give back to the community. It is great to give back to the community and we have a great community. The guys that have gone on, we were truly blessed to have events to happen around us and keep us motivated.”

The camp is non-contact and kids will have the opportunity to meet Godfrey, several other former NFL and collegiate players and the top high school coaches in the area, as they share techniques and skills designed to prepare youth for the next level of play.

The camp emphasizes on individual instruction and players will get specific one-on-one time with camp instructors to learn the game of football.

The Randall Godfrey Youth Camp has been a staple in the Valdosta community for over the last decade, with former NFL and college players coming back to assist in the camp, including former Viking and current Dallas Cowboy Jay Ratliff.

This year, Godfrey said former NFL defensive lineman, and Brooks County native, Marcus Stroud will be in attendance to assist in the camp. The 34-year-old Stroud, a former Georgia Bulldog, was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 13th overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. The three-time Pro Bowl selection and All-Pro also played for the Buffalo Bills, finishing his final season in 2010.

 Former local players that played at the college level will also be in attendance, including Greg Reid and Mike Gilliard, who just completed his senior season at UGA last year.

Godfrey, 40, played at Lowndes in the early 1990’s, before moving on and playing at the University of Georgia.

He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the 49th overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft. Since then, Godfrey played for the Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks, San Diego Chargers and the Washington Redskins. He was named Second Team All-Pro in 2000 as a member of the Titans, recording a career-high 169 tackles that season.

Godfrey last played in the NFL in 2007, retiring from the game following one season with the Redskins. Since his retirement, Godfrey has relocated to suburban Atlanta, where he runs the Randall Godfrey Foundation and prepares former college linebackers for the NFL Draft in April. He also went back to Georgia and earned his college degree in housing and economics.