Spring football practiceÂ is under way for Middle School boys over at Grimsley High School.Â I never thought I’d see it but the wayÂ things are changing we might see Middle School boys in the NFL next year.
The kids are practicing for three weeksÂ Monday-Thursday and it all got started this past Monday afternoon.Â The kids come from all over Guilford County and they are not just running around; they are in full-pads,Â full-gear, going Full Speed.
This is serious business and the funding toÂ run theÂ spring practice camp comes from the NFL.Â The kids are wearing jerseys with JPD on the front and that stands for Junior Player Development.
The local practices are affiliated with the Carolina Panthers and while the workouts are going on in Guilford County there’s a similar camp under way over in Forsyth County.
The workouts at Grimsley are conducted mainly by Grimsley coaches and Athletic Director Lewis Newman is lending a helpingÂ hand.Â The camp began last year onÂ a grant from the NFLÂ and to my knowledgeÂ it doesn’t cost the kids anything to attend.Â Last year’s spring practice was held at Smith High School.
After theÂ Middle-Schoolers finish their workÂ it will beÂ time for the High School boys to getÂ in their three weeks of practice.Â After the High School boys complete the 3 week workout they will travel over and have a scrimmage competition against theÂ Forsyth County kids.
For more information about what’s going on here, do what I did.Â Go over to Grimsley High School oneÂ afternoon sometime in the next few weeksÂ and take a look for yourself.Â The practices run Monday-ThursdayÂ from 6pm until dark.Â You’ll seeÂ some kids standingÂ onlyÂ 3 feet tall going from station to station in full pads with their eyes on the sky and the NFL.Â Â