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Youth Camp: Rookies, Rathman and More

Posted by Taylor Price on July 13, 2010 – 3:22 PM

For the second day of the 49ers annual Youth Football Camp, campers were treated to several guest speakers including members of the 2010 rookie class, running backs coach Tom Rathman and starting left tackle Joe Staley.

The campers received additional instruction in the morning portion of camp, as 49ers rookies joined in on teaching the campers in various drills. Rookies Jarrett Brown and LeRoy Vann aided the wide receiver drills by playing the role of quarterbacks.

Throwing the ball is second nature to Brown, a quarterback out of West Virginia. As for Vann, the defensive back did his best to throw accurate passes and completed several of them.

To close out the morning portion of camp, rookie safety Taylor Mays spoke to the 150 campers on the importance of respect and listening to your coaches.

At the lunch break, Rathman spoke to the group about work ethic and how it enabled him to play eight seasons with the 49ers and win two Super Bowl rings.

But that wasn’t the only special treat in store for the campers.

Staley signed autographs for each and everyone one of them, asking the kids to share jokes while he signed their youth football jerseys.

Staley was also interviewed by Total Access Jr., a new show for kids that’s set to debut in the fall.

Two of the show’s co-hosts, 12-year-old Raine and 14-year-old Kevin attended the second day of camp to interview players and campers alike.

“It’s hard work, but in the end, it turns out to be really fun,” said Raine, who is entering the eighth grade. “We have to do stuff over and over again, but once you see the final product you’re happy with it.”

Likewise, Kevin is pleased to be a part of the show in which his mother urged him to audition.

“I don’t know if it’s a future for me, but I’ll just enjoy it while I can,” he joked. “I think being put in a headlock by Joe Staley was probably the coolest thing I’ve done so far. His forearms are probably bigger than my entire body.”

Both Raine and Kevin agree that the show will be the perfect entertainment for young 49ers Faithful.

“You get an inside view and a different perspective,” Raine added. “The Total Access show is more grown up and there might be things that kids aren’t interested in, but this show is made for you. It’s everything that involves what you would like to do.”

Or as Kevin puts it, the show is for anyone who loves the San Francisco 49ers.

“I think if you really enjoy the game and really enjoy the team then it’s a great way to get information about the team. Some of these kids probably won’t understand half of the stuff on Total Access, but I think it’ll be easier for kids to watch another kid doing it. I think it will definitely be more appealing for all kids.”

Enjoy photos from the second day of the 49ers 2010 Youth Football Camp:

Campers enjoying themselves out on the 49ers practice field.

Rookie CB LeRoy Vann entertains some of the campers during drills.

Campers take part in quarterback drills.

Coach Rathman addresses the group during lun


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2 Responses to “Youth Camp: Rookies, Rathman and More”

  1. By Mike Palermo on Jul 13, 2010 | Reply


  2. By myaloha on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    Im not a 9er fan but I have to say this “GET COLT BRENNAN” .. Colt will do wonders with the franchise of the timing he will bring his talent. This would really be a smart move to have him try out and throw some passes to crabtree and crew. Alex Smith will need to get back to his seat on the bench and watch his future pass him by..

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