NFL high school 7-on-7 tournament at Grady High

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Falcons assistant strength and conditioning coach Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, right, a former Pro Bowl player, shows he still has a little left in the tank as he steps in to cover Falcons wide receiver #84 Roddy White as he runs a pass route drill during morning practice at Flowery Branch, Monday, August 6, 2007. (PHOTO BY CURTIS COMPTON/staff)

BIRDLAND –  Eight Georgia high school teams will participate in the NFL’s high school player development program’s  seven-on-seven regional tournament at 4 p.m. Thursday at Grady High School.

The tournament is sponsored by the National Guard through the NFL Youth Football Fund. It’s free and open to the public.

“One thing that the National Guard does well is focus on teamwork and what better way to do that than to partner with the NFL? It’s a great deal, truthfully,  because they both stress the importance of this principle and maximize both teamwork and character development within their programs,” Former Falcons player and executive Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, the NFL-HSPD NFC South regional director.

Martin Luther King will return to defend their regional title. Also, Grady, Mountain Arabia, East Hall, Mays, Jonesboro, Columbus and Carvery will participate in the tournament.

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Former Atlanta Falcons star wide receiver Billy "White Shoes" Johnson is all smiles as his boat wins the prize for the smallest striper fish of the day during the 4th annual Fishing with the Falcons event paying tribute to wounded military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan at Lake Lanier on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Johnson was later vindicated when his boat also won the prize for catching the biggest striper fish of the day. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

The tournament winner will represent the Atlanta Falcons and advance to the national tournament in Cleveland, Ohio.

“This is a golden opportunity for teams from different counties and different schools throughout Georgia to compete against good competition for free,” Johnson said. “The HSPD Program is one of the best kept secret’s when it comes to player development, especially at the high school level.”

Since its inception in 2001, the HSPD program has provided participants with a curriculum that focuses on inspiring excellence in the classroom, community, and on the playing field.  The program will be implemented at more than 150 sites in 36 states this spring and summer.

On-field components of the HSPD program include fundamental skill development by position, reviews, and individual competitions. As part of on-field training, players focus on both an offensive and defensive position, and eventually apply their newly-learned fundamentals to live drills. Participants have access to innovative teaching and drills developed by leading NCAA coaches.  The 2011 Instructional DVD and Practice Plan has been produced by the University of Alabama.

In addition, HSPD kits will be sent to high school football coaches nationwide this year, impacting more than one million high school football players.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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26 comments Add your comment

freedyg

June 21st, 2011
5:59 pm

freedyg

June 21st, 2011
6:00 pm

Let’s go Grady-

From Where I Sit

June 21st, 2011
7:28 pm

Grady, are you kidding me as this was the best venue for a Falcon’s practice?

Typical!

Enough Said

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 21st, 2011
8:58 pm

From Where I Sit — The Falcons are not practicing at Grady. The 7-on-7 high school tournament is there on Thursday.

CoopDeville

June 21st, 2011
10:43 pm

Grady Don”t see them saints

Coach it or Allow it!!!

June 21st, 2011
11:46 pm

It’s Arabia Mountain not mountain arabia. They are on the rise!!!

alphadog81

June 22nd, 2011
7:54 am

What, Orlando you couldn’t list the 8 teams participating? Did you not learn the who, what, why, when and where of journalistic writing?

alphadog81

June 22nd, 2011
7:55 am

OK, I see the list now in refreshed version. Delete/ignore previous comment

RED BARRON

June 22nd, 2011
10:50 am

“GRADY FOREVER”

All Eyes on 3

June 22nd, 2011
11:39 am

M.L. King will repeat as region champs… It is hard to stop their potent passing attack with Jonquel Dawson pulling the trigger and Blake Tibbs running under them bombs….. It is almost impossible to stop them…. They also have some young secret weapons at receiver that people will find out about soon.. Good luck to everyone.

coachemup

June 22nd, 2011
1:34 pm

Enter your comments here

coachemup

June 22nd, 2011
1:38 pm

After working one these camps it is poorly done,disorganized and not what it is presented to be. It could be done to where it is very beneficial to the student-athlete. Players take nothing away from these camps at least the one I worked. Maybe the one at Grady will be done the way it should be since the media may be there.

CDAWG

June 22nd, 2011
2:37 pm

All Eyes on 3, I agree with you, they should do well after their big recruiting year; Could one of MLK’s weapons be Jordan Moore. Its amazing how these kids move from school to school like it is the pro’s. MLK and Stephenson both do well in recruiting.

SWAT SWANGA

June 22nd, 2011
3:01 pm

I thought that was this past saturday?

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

June 22nd, 2011
4:08 pm

Where in the heck is Frederick Douglass High School??? They should be participating in this!

True Falcon Fan

June 22nd, 2011
5:02 pm

Billy “White Shoes” Johnson was a GREAT player as the Houston Oiler & Atlanta Falcon. GREAT PERSON – the young players coming into this league could be very wise to stick close to “White Shoe” – Most assured one one of good guys!

Go Falcons

FYI

June 22nd, 2011
6:00 pm

@CDAWG.. Jordan Moore has NOT participated in any 7on 7 Tournaments with MLK thus far, so NO to your statement as to to who is the secret weapon in the “Lion’s Den” You will have to wait and see for yourself and take it from me, you WONT be disappointed!!! Good luck to all!
Let the games begin…………….

All Eyes on 3

June 22nd, 2011
9:10 pm

CDAWG the secret weapons that I’m talking about are 3 Juniors and a upcoming sophomore that noone knows a thing about. Everyone thinks that Blake Tibbs is the only receiver in the stable, but I hear this kid Demarquis Polite is just as good if not better than Tibbs… As far as Jordan Moore goes I hear he is not much of a receiver because he can’t catch and I haven’t seen him at any 7 on 7 tournaments that MLK has been in. Stop with the recruiting allegations and provide proof… And what kid in dekalb wouldn’t want to play at MLK or Stephenson? Stephenson sends so many kids to college that my 11 year old will be going there when he gets to high school and MLK has the most exciting offense that I have ever seen in DekAlb County ever other than SWD 95 wit quincy carter. What qb or receiver wouldn’t want to play in that o

Billy WHite Shoes

June 23rd, 2011
9:03 am

Grady Forever..

CobbSouth

June 23rd, 2011
12:43 pm

MLK is lucky North Cobb didnt participate in this event this year. MLK stole the win last year but North Cobb had been in or won the Championship game the past 6 years

All Eyes on 3

June 23rd, 2011
1:36 pm

MLK Lions offense is like the St. Louis Rams offense back in the late 90’s/early 2000’s…”The Greatest Show on Turf”

reporter

June 23rd, 2011
1:54 pm

Hopefully Grady will come out on top this year after winning thier side 3 years in a row but loosing in this round. Even though they lost alot of great talented pplayers they are still good.

sirjesus james jackson jr

June 23rd, 2011
2:20 pm

i9 went to the MLK valdosta game,last year tibbs and mr madden himself was awesome but NO#26 from valdosta was the best i saw all year at receiver.

sirjesus james jackson jr

June 23rd, 2011
2:37 pm

stephenson is loaded, wich they are every year i wonder when they ever gonna get a state, teams in dekalb co have some of the best talant in the south, its time they win a state until then tucker run dekalb co i remember in 1990 SWD came to play us for a state down in valdosta they had alot of mouth,but they was soft as grapes ,but big we was hurting ourselve with injuries because they wasnt physical at all, iots seems that teams in dekalb gotten better but can they win in ga largest class, stand up lions stand up jags

Drago

June 23rd, 2011
2:42 pm

Is that Carvery of Atlanta or Carvery of Columbus?

Come Correct

June 23rd, 2011
7:01 pm

Carvery????? Please come correct

Its Carver