NORFOLK (WAVY) – LaRoy Reynolds has been living the NFL dream. A Maury High School and University of Virginia graduate, the NFL linebacker now signed to the world champion Philadelphia Eagles wants the youth from his hometown to one day live that same dream.
With only a few weeks before NFL training camps resume, Reynolds spent Saturday morning back in his hometown, hosting his annual “Dawg House” Youth Football Camp at Lakewood Park.
“When I was around 10, 11, 12 years old, I told myself I was going to the NFL. By God’s grace, I made it. I want one of these kids out here to say I’m going to the NFL,” said Reynolds, who began his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent.
His skills camp, which welcomes youngsters from elementary to high school, has grown every year.
“This is where we started and I think for me, football gave me something greater than myself and it involved a lot of people. Outside of the game, the love that it brings me, I want to be able to extend that love,” said Reynolds,
“I want people to be able to feel that love, especially young kids. Just to give them that motivation, that drive to believe in themselves and push themselves.”
Reynolds had several other NFL players helping out, including Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor, a fellow Norfolk native and Maury High School graduate who’s always put his hometown first.
“It’s just a blessing to see him follow in those steps and do the exact same thing, giving back to the kids, giving back to the community and bringing everybody together because it’s about a collective effort,” said Chancellor.