Tunsil back to host camp
In the NFL he's a brute force, pushing and pulling defenders all over the field. This weekend though he was a warm role-model conducting his first youth football camp back in his hometown.
Laremy Tunsil was all smiles as he spent Friday and Saturday with youngsters. The Miami Dolphins offensive lineman says it felt full circle to be home, reflecting on his own experiences growing up in Lake City.
"Just being out here looking at these kids, I know I was once in their shoes, " he said Friday at Memorial Stadium. "And to be in this position, giving back, it's an amazing feeling. I love being able to interact with the kids."
Over 100 campers participated in the inaugural foundation camp. From cone drills to tug of war, the free football clinic didn't seem short of activities.
Boys and girls of all ages and backgrounds were on the field for the two-day event.
"We wanted everybody to enjoy it," said event coordinator Adee Farmer. "They might not play football but they still get a chance to hang out with Laremy...Everybody's got dreams."
Bright and early, droves of campers were ready to hit the field. Tunsil was assisted by family, coaches and former high school teammates.
"I just want to build it up more and more," Tunsil said of the strong turnout. "I hope it increases."
The former All-American hopes this year's camp was the first of many.
"I just want to keep adding on to the camp," he said. "I want to help the boys club. I just want to help out the community. I just want them to know 'hey I'm here with y'all too'. That's why I love giving back."
Tunsil is coming off a standout first season with Miami. The All-Rookie Team selection was one of the top players in the SEC at the University of Mississippi.
Prior to that, Tunsil was a star player for Columbia. He was a blue-chip recruit in high school.
One of the best Tigers to ever suit up was back home this weekend and will be back next summer to do it all over again.
"My guys here me say that throughout their high school careers," said Columbia coach Brian Allen. "When you're able to be successful, make sure you pay back to your community. It feels good that was something [Laremy] listened to and was able to come back and do."