Former 49ers, Ted Popson and Geovanni Carrmazzi and former Raider Anthony Bell were just a few of the Retired NFL Players who turned out for the Football combine at Bear River High School’s athletic field Saturday to share the anti-drug message with young athletes with the help of the coalition for a drug free Nevada Couty and NEO. Giovanni Carmazzi, backup quarter back in 2002 and 2003 with the 49ers says he enjoyed working with a variety of ages in the combine activities.
“I do camps around the country and I have not worked with kids this young. So it was like doing 5th grade math for kindergartners. So let’s slow it down and make this real simple. They were the most fun to work with. So I just had them run and throw the ball.
Lynn Skrukrud, Youth coordinator with A Drug Free Nevada County and NEO explains how having these NFL players deliver the message reaches young people.
“NEO really focuses on providing healthy alternatives to drug and alcohol use and showing young people that they don’t need to rely on alcohol to have fun and so this is a great event. Keep them active and healthy and show them that they can have fun on their own and the football players do a great job at sharing their message about making healthy choices so I think it’s a great event for the kids.”
60 to 65 young athletes participated in the combine, following the circuit of training exercises with the retired NFL players, former tight end with the Superbowl champion 49ers, Ted Popson, and the others signed autographs and took pictures with the youth and their parents.