NFL scout and friends share their expertise with local kids

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BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF

Local youngsters get  a workout during Bruce McNorton’s football camp held June 4 at Derbyshire Park in Daytona Beach.(PHOTOS BY DUANE C. FERNANDEZ/HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)

Local youngsters get a workout during Bruce McNorton’s football camp held June 4 at Derbyshire Park in Daytona Beach.
(PHOTOS BY DUANE C. FERNANDEZ/HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)

Retired NFL player Bruce McNorton continues to give back to the community in which he grew up.

Last week, he returned to share his talents with area students eager to pick up tips on becoming great athletes.

On June 4, the former Detroit Lions player who grew up in Daytona Beach, conducted his ninth Bruce McNorton Football Clinic, held at Derbyshire Park in Daytona Beach. McNorton, a scout for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is a 1977 Spruce Creek High School graduate.

150611_dt_sports02bMcNorton recruits some of his NFL friends every year to help with the camp that’s free to local boys and girls. This year’s participants included former players Richard Shelton, now a scout for the Tennessee Titans; John Williams, Seattle Seahawks; Reggie Cobb, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Ernie Mills, Pittsburgh Steelers; James Jones, Detroit Lions; James Cribbs, Detroit Lions; and Kelvin Fisher, now director of scouts for the Buffalo Bills.

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I do this because athletics was very important to me when I was growing up. My friends and I say we wish we would have had something like this when we were growing up. There are a lot of kids that have been here every year. They seem to be looking forward to it every year,” McNorton told the Daytona during a previous camp.

On June 6, McNorton and friends attended a fundraiser for the youth program at the Yvonne Scarlett Golden Cultural and Educational Center.

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