NFL Buffalo Bill’s, Defensive Lineman, Rickey Hatley leads a youth football camp at his alma mater, Atlanta High. to inspire kids.
“We’ve been needing something like this around here and for him to do it it means a lot,” said Jawan King, Senior.
Before hitting the field the teens started the day off in the classroom. Participating in a college and career readiness and ACT prep workshop.”What you do on the field has to be the one percent and what you do in the classroom is everything else because that’s what scouts look for. That’s what coaches look for,” said Jared Cowgill, junior.
Hatley’s goal, to show these student athletes that school must come first to succeed.”The main thing is academics, like the freshman get them ACT scores see what they got to prep them and keep track of them each and every year, so their score can keep getting higher and higher. Don’t wait to the last minute like I did,” said Hatley.
Experts say football players have a 2% chance of making it to the NFL and on average their career only lasts four years.”It’s more than just football, it’s more than athletics. It is academics, it is good character. It’s making good decisions,” said Matt McClure, Atlanta High Football Head Coach.
Hatley plans to continue to give back to his community.”Next year and the year after I want to give back to Linden, Queen City other schools around here in this area, so they can get the same privileges like Atlanta got this year,” said Hatley.
After Hatley retires from the NFL he wants to return to Atlanta and coach.