Tomlinson teaches on-field, off-field virtues in Athens

By wbng sports

July 11, 2014 Updated Jul 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM EST

Athens, PA (WBNG Binghamton) It looks and sounds like football. It is, and it's not.

"It's not just about character and education on the field, it's about what you do when you're off the field, what kind of person you are," says Jack Young, Athens' head football coach.

Future NFL Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson is in Athens this weekend to train young football players, but there's a reason he doesn't call it a "camp."

"(It's the) LaDainian Tomlinson Preparatory Academy," he says. "We are a resource for student athletes. We teach their parents, we educate their parents and the student athlete on the whole recruiting process."

Troy, PA senior offensive lineman Dylan Brennan says the "prepatory academy" has a distinctive off-the-field approach behind it.

"We did a lot inside, actually, about recruiting, nutrition, weight programs, how to act on and off the field -- just a lot of things about your character," he says/

It's one thing to get advice from a head coach. It's another thing to get advice from somebody who scored over 160 NFL touchdowns.

"He's hand on, he was part of the activities this morning," Young says. "He talks. The discussions that were going on, he talked about a lot of recruiting things, a lot of academic things."

"He's funny, he's talking. He's not sitting in the corner not talking. He's up with everybody, he's a good guy. He's really nice to meet. It was a joy and a wonder to meet him," Brennan adds.

Says Young, "Hopefully, they just absorb a couple things. One or two things this whole weekend makes it worth its while, on and off the field."

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