Updated: June 23, 2021 10:49 PM
Created: June 23, 2021 06:02 PM
For over 20 years Todd Downing, a native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, has coached in various positions in the NFL, including as an assistant for the Minnesota Vikings.
Currently an offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans, the former quarterback still loves returning to his home state's gridiron to throw passes and pass down wisdom to up and coming stars.
"This is what it's all about.," Downing said. "I grew up one of these kids down in Eden Prairie, going to youth football camps and falling in love with the game."
That's why he was more than happy to accept an invitation from his old friend, and new East Central football coach, Terry Fawcett to host a summer football camp.
"He's the same guy I met 21 years ago," Fawcett said. "Giving back to kids still means something to him."
Downing said Fawcett is, "an amazing man and someone I've shared my football journey with throughout the years. It just feels great to be out here supporting his program."
On Wednesday Downing, along with around 30 local coaches, hosted the Todd Downing football camp for students from grade K through 12 at East Central High School. The goal was to teach the young athletes the fundamentals of football.
The camp was broken down into four age groups spread across two fields.
East Central third grader Hudson Fogt was one of the many excited players to work with Downing. "He was a quarterback and he's here and I can show him how good I am," Fogt said.
Deer River junior Ethan Williams is also a quarterback and participated in the camp to sharpen his skills. "I'm a new, coming in quarterback for my team and I wanted to learn more," Williams said. "Get as prepared for the season as possible, so I came here to learn from Todd and all the other coaches."
Both offensive and defensive drills were conducted with focuses on footwork, accuracy, routes, form, and more.
"There's a lot of things that he can recognize right away that other coaches don't, like your throw," Williams said about Downing. "He can work with pretty much anyone here too."
As the three hour day wrapped up, Downing left his campers with one final piece of advice; have fun with football.
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