The 21st William & Mary Colonial All-Pro Football Camp took place this week, and featured LeSean McCoy, Wes Welker and Richard Sherman as guest instructors.
The trio of NFL stars all echoed the same sentiment in their advice to camp attendees about hard work, teamwork and fundamentals being important facets in the game of football.
Sherman is known to be boisterous and opinionated, and when I asked him if he had any advice for Vernon Davis and his brand (9:29), Sherman replied, “Do what you believe.” Sherman then added, “You know I mean, if he believes in what he’s doing, then you got to stick to it. You can’t be wishy-washy in this situation. And it sounds like he’s standing his ground.“
Sherman knows as thing or two about negotiations. Earlier this year, he became the highest paid cornerback in the NFL when he signed a four-year contract extension for $59.789 million, which includes $40 million guaranteed and a $10 million signing bonus.
So maybe Davis should listen when Sherman says, “So if you’re going to stand your ground, stand your ground. But if you’re going to cave, cave. You know you can’t, stand your ground half the time, and then go, and then because that’s when they get you. That’s when they, you know, you don’t get that deal you want. So I think he’s doing it the way he intended. He’s really valuable to his team, so I’m sure they’ll get together on something.”
Sherman did plenty of joking around with kids at the camp, but when it comes to contract negotiations there’s no joking around in the NFL, but instead there appears to be some player solidarity.
McCoy and Welker didn’t have any advice for any of their NFL brethren, but like Sherman, both are focused on winning in 2014.
McCoy had good things to say about the addition of Darren Sproles. He said, “Having Sproles, another weapon and defenses have to account for a guy like that. It’s a mismatch I think if a team tries to take me out of the game and he’s in the game at the same time, ” In response to seeing fewer touches with Sproles on board, McCoy added, “you can still be productive with less touches.” However, when the game is on the line McCoy said, “I’m sure when the game is on the line I’m going to be the guy in there.”
Welker chalked up his success as a pro to hard work and understanding but when I asked him if he he’ll be a Hall of Famer when all’s said and done he said, “I’m not worried about that…I don’t think so. That’s not for me to decide. I’m just worried about going out there and doing my best and trying to help my team win.” The Broncos shouldn’t have any problem winning games this year, but let’s face it, if they don’t win the Super Bowl, 2014 will be a disappointment.