Jets West CampWritten by David Clowney Friday August 06 2010
We rocked out every day at Jets West Camp in
It was myself, Mark, Santonio Holmes, Jerricho Cotchery, Aundrae Allison, Larry Taylor, Dustin Keller, Tony Richardson and Kevin O’Connell and our offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer also came out.
We stayed at Pelican Hill, a big resort right on the beach that Mark hooked us up with.
I think the camp really helped better every player there. It was a great chance to get a good workout with your teammates and work on some things. We ran the same routes over and over and over, every route we had in the playbook. We got in condition and perfected those routes while building timing and chemistry with the quarterback.
It was also my first time in LA, so that was super cool. We worked hard and at night we were able to sneak out and do some things, like go to the ESPYs, the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game.
I also want to talk about my trip to
We visited an orphanage and donated $1,000 and about 15 duffel bags of clothing. We also donated clothes and $2,000 to a children’s hospital. We saw babies with malaria, babies with pneumonia, even one baby who had tubes all through his body. His mother gave birth to him and then just abandoned him at the hospital.
We also got to do some amazing sightseeing. We took a canopy walk on a ladder like 100 feet in the air. It was amazing. We went on a safari and saw random wild animals like antelope, elephant, crazy colorful birds and monkeys.
At the end of the week we set up a football game. That was one of the reasons we went to
Then my team played Santonio’s team and we worked it out so it was a tie. Everybody won. A couple of those kids were pretty good, one looked like Barry Sanders when he broke to the sidelines, shook off three guys and went for a 70-yard touchdown. Some of the kids said they wanted to learn a lot more about American football.
We also went to a place called
I sat in there for about 15 minutes. Santonio had to bring me back by telling me to get out of there.
We were in poor areas most of the trip. As beautiful as
One incident I want to relate was that kids were out in the street playing soccer without any shoes on and we could feel the rocks through our shoes. One of the kids asked Santonio for his shoes and he just took them off and gave them to the kid. They were all black Air Force Ones and he had to go through the rest of the day, including dinner at someone’s house, without any shoes on. That just shows you his heart. He knew he would have to spend the rest of the day walking around in his socks.
It was pretty cool just being in
It’s been a real busy summer but it’s all been charity and training, wherever I went. I’m hyped for this season to start so we can make another run at the Super Bowl. We have a couple of new weapons, with Santonio, LT, Cromartie. On offense and defense this year everybody is going to come to play.
I think our Week 1 opener against