BUCKHEAD — Former Pro Bowl safety Lawyer Milloy has maintained a low profile since the Falcons elected not to re-sign him during free agency.
We tracked him down at the Walgreens All-Star Football Camp at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School on
Milloy, clearly not wanting to burn any bridges, didn’t want to discuss his departure from the Falcons or his plans for next season. He has yet to sign with another team.
We tried to pin him down on his exit from the Falcons and on his plans a few times, but the savvy veteran kept saying he wanted to focus on the kids.
Milloy started 48 of 49 games in three seasons with the Falcons. He helped provide leadership to a young secondary last season.
Milloy broke in with the New England Patriots after being selected in the second round of the 1996 draft. He played seven seasons with the Patriots and three with the Buffalo Bills before signing with the Falcons in 2006.
After the playoff loss in Arizona, Milloy said he wanted to return to Atlanta. So if he’s ticked about the decision not to offer him a new contract, he’s keeping it to himself.
Milloy, always a straight shooter over his three seasons with the Falcons, did want to talk about the more than 250 kids, ages 8 to 18, attended the fifth annual camp, which is put on by local super agent Todd France’s firm, France’s All Pro Athlete Management.
“The camp is good,” Milloy said. “We have a good turnout. It was even better yesterday. Anytime that you can have a free camp, that’s important, especially in this economy.”
Milloy was running an agility station. Yelling out instructions to his campers.
“Every thing we do, we stay low,” Milloy told the kids.
Milloy is big on the fitness aspects of the camp.
“It help parents get their kids off the couch and away from their x-boxes and Wii (computer game) systems and stuff like that,” Milloy said. “Just get them out doing some activities. It’s important. Health is important.
Doing it right with discipline. Those are some of things we are trying to instill in these kids here at the camp.”
Milloy didn’t single out any future Falcons.
“You can definitely tell some of the kids that are better than others, but that’s not what we are out here looking for,” Milloy said. “I’m not a recruiter. My job when I go out to camps is to try to get them better.”
More than 50 current or former NFL players are helping with the camp including former Falcons Chuck Smith and Ray Buchanan. Current Falcons D.J. Shockley and Thomas Brown are also counselors.
Some of the other players include Oakland running back Michael Bush, former Pro Bowler Lomas Brown, Baltimore running back Ray Rice, Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib, San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis and Miami running back Ronnie Brown.
Brown, who got a Super Bowl ring with Tampa Bay after spending most of his career with the Detroit Lions, has been retired since 2002.
“Giving back to the kids,” Brown said. “This is my chance to stay connected with the youth and stay connected with football. It’s good to see these kids come out and have a great time with former and current professional players.”
Here’s goes a little video breakdown on the close of OTAs. Thanks to J. Mike for having me on.
Who’s going to take Milloy’s spot, Thomas DeCoud, Jamaal Fudge or William Moore?