PDA

View Full Version : Kirkpatrick wants football camp to foster smiles



Bengals1181
06-18-2014, 09:46 AM
Kirkpatrick wants football camp to foster smiles

http://www.gadsdentimes.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=GT&Date=20140617&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=140619827&Ref=AR&imageVersion=Main&MaxW=445&border=0 (http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/20140617/NEWS/140619827)Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick runs with Jaylen Miller during the 21 Kids youth football camp at Titan Stadium in Gadsden on July 20, 2013. This year's camp is June 28.
Dave Hyatt | Gadsden Times

By John Davidson (http://www.gadsdentimes.com/personalia/JDavidson)
Times Sports Writer

Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 9:58 p.m.Last Modified: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 11:11 p.m.
Cincinatti Bengals cornerback and Gadsden native Dre Kirkpatrick knows the importance of a smile to a child and on June 28 he intends to see plenty of kids smiling ear-to-ear.

On that Saturday, Kirkpatrick hopes the whole community will show up at Titan Stadium for his football camp, put on by his charity, 21 Kids. Kirkpatrick said he is looking forward to the camp, which is in its second year, so he can help teach Gadsden's youth to keep dreaming because anything is possible.
“I want to let them know there is another light out there,” Kirkpatrick said. “Just because it isn't shining now doesn't mean it won't shine in the future.”
There will be two age groups for the camp. Registration and check-in for grades first through seventh is at 8:30 a.m. Eighth through 12th-graders' registration and check-in is at 12:45 p.m.
Kirkpatrick said he is eager to work with the younger kids because he gets to just let loose and play, focusing on having fun as opposed to more technical, skill-oriented drills.
He said there will be plenty of that as well for the middle and high-school-aged players. Kirkpatrick said he will focus on teaching them what he knows and what he has learned playing defensive back for Alabama and the Bengals in the NFL. The 21 Kids foundation is something that holds a special place in Kirkpatrick's heart, especially when it comes to serving families. He wants to speak to the father's who had children young, like he did, and let them know they can take care of their families and chase their dreams at the same time, they just have to be determined.


Kirkpatrick said one of his favorite things the foundation does is help single mothers during Christmas. He said so many of them struggle hard every day, working two or three jobs while the father is absent, that they could use someone to help them out and put a smile on their face.
Most of all, Kirkpatrick loves doing the camp because he always wanted to meet an NFL player or even just see and be around one when he was little. He didn't attend football camps until he was in high school and hopes this camp will send Gadsden's youth off the field grinning.
“When it's all done, those kids will go back and talk about their dreams,” Kirkpatrick said. “It's always been a dream of mine to give back and I'm excited to do it.”
Online registration for the camp is at www.drekirkpatrick27.com (http://www.drekirkpatrick27.com/). For more details, call 256-328-1137.


http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/20140617/NEWS/140619827

membengal
06-18-2014, 09:50 AM
I know people love to scream bust as fast as possible, but I confess to liking how he has handled the adversity of his first few years, and still have hopes that he will be a big part of the CB rotation in the coming years.

mongo
06-18-2014, 09:57 AM
I know people love to scream bust as fast as possible, but I confess to liking how he has handled the adversity of his first few years, and still have hopes that he will be a big part of the CB rotation in the coming years.

I was coming to this thread to say the same thing. An inability to start right away in this secondary should totally not be seen as a sign of weakness. We've been really good back there... Besides, it' stuck with me Dre went through all of high school and college without ever being asked to backpedal. That's a fairly critical skill for an NFL corner.

He's needed time to get up to speed, but in think he played well last year. I expect more good things this year as he takes more snaps from Newman (in my opinion).

Bengals1181
06-18-2014, 10:00 AM
I know people love to scream bust as fast as possible, but I confess to liking how he has handled the adversity of his first few years, and still have hopes that he will be a big part of the CB rotation in the coming years.

I think he gets a bum rap because he's not a full time starter. He's not where he needs to be quite yet, but people seem to not want to credit that he played pretty well last year minus a handful of plays.

The Bengals were 3rd against #1 WR's, 3rd against #2 WR's, and 6th against #3-5 receivers. Kirkpatrick played in 14 games and started 3. He was never not in the top 4 CB's.

Those stats don't happen if he wasn't playing well.

Bengals1181
06-18-2014, 10:02 AM
I was coming to this thread to say the same thing. An inability to start right away in this secondary should totally not be seen as a sign of weakness. We've been really good back there... Besides, it' stuck with me Dre went through all of high school and college without ever being asked to backpedal. That's a fairly critical skill for an NFL corner.

He's needed time to get up to speed, but in think he played well last year. I expect more good things this year as he takes more snaps from Newman (in my opinion).

yea there are worse things than being stuck behind 3 pretty good corners, all of whom were Zimmer's "guys" who he thought highly of. That's not to say they were given preferential treatment over Dre, but Zim was big on guys he trusted and knew the system in and out. Hall was in zimmer's system 6 years, jones I think 5, and newman 7 or 8.