Former CFL Players appear at Brantford football camp
Former CFL Players Less Browne, Jykine Bradley, Sandy Beveridge and Geoff Tisdale as well as current CFL Players Kevin Muamba and Richie Williams appear at Brantford football camp.
There were five guest coaches advertised to join Bradley Sports Performances’ football skills and drills camp on Saturday, but it was special guest Less Browne who had the coaches in awe.
BSP owner Jykine Bradley was clearly starstruck to be around Browne, a veteran of the Canadian Football League and member of Canadian Football Hall of Fame, as they coached kids from elementary school to high school at Sports Xcelerator in Brantford.
“We didn’t advertise that he was going to be here,” Bradley said. “He wanted it to be about the kids, not the fans.”
Bradley joked that Browne corrected him when he said the former Hamilton Tiger-Cat, Winnipeg Blue Bomber, Ottawa Rough Rider and BC Lion held the CFL record for most career interceptions at 79.
“It was actually 87,” Bradley said, laughing.
Bradley, who spent several seasons with the Tiger-Cats as a defensive back – just like Browne – beamed as he posed for a photo with one of his idols.
“I love watching kids improve their skills,” Browne said as he watched the high school players go one-on-one. “When I was a kid, the (Pittsburgh) Steelers would come to my school, make an appearance and teach us a few things. I loved it, and I’m happy to do it for this generation of kids.”
Having grown up in Pennsylvania, Browne signed with the Pittsburgh Maulers of the United States Football League in March 1984, but was signed by the Tiger-Cats in the spring, before he was activated as a player.
Browne spent five seasons playing for the Tiger-Cats before moving onto Winnipeg, (where he would later be an assistant coach), Ottawa and BC. After retiring from the CFL, Browne made Hamilton his home.
Other coaches who were mentoring the kids at the camp included Chris Ackie (who trained at BSP) and Kevin Muamba of the Montreal Alouettes, Tiger-Cat Richie Williams, former Tiger-Cats Sandy Beveridge and Geoff Tisdale, who also was an Alouette.
Bradley was proud to point out a former student of his, Jamal Jones Peters, was out there helping with the camp. Peters, a Brantford Collegiate Institute graduate, has been playing ball for Utah State University.
“It’s great that he’s giving back,” Bradley said. Hunter Stenner of Assumption Collegiate said the camp was fun and “lots of hard work.”
He faced off against Jacob Sim, a Huron Park high school player who came in from Woodstock for the camp.
“It’s been great,” he said. “I’m learning a lot and focusing on technique.”