Harbaugh, Ravens' coaches teach fundamentals at second annual football clinic

The Baltimore Sun

Instead of just delivering words at the Ravens' second annual football clinic, coach John Harbaugh jumped into the action and delivered a few spirals Saturday morning at the Reisterstown Sportsplex.

While Harbaugh was conducting an interview, one of the roughly 350 Baltimore County elementary and middle school students in attendance yelled over to the Super Bowl winning coach and asked him to throw some passes.

"You know what, I think I will," Harbaugh said prior to spending the next several minutes building some timing and encouraging the youngsters.

Every member of the Ravens' coaching staff attended the clinic, which was presented by Under Armour and was held last year at McDaniel College.

Besides football drills, Ravens team Dr. Andrew Tucker discussed concussion awareness and Ravens director of player development and former offensive tackle Harry Swayne talked about life skills.

To open the clinic, Harbaugh emphasized the importance of teamwork with the budding football players.

"The main message was that it's a beautiful day, let's have fun," Harbaugh said. "That's the No. 1 thing for youth sports. My daughter's in it now. They have fun. They want to come back. They're active and moving around, they enjoy each other's company. The other thing is to do it together. Get involved with the team idea, help each other out and make the guy next to you better."

"Yeah we've got some guys who can really play. I was thinkign the same thing I hear ya. We got to get the coaches to throw you a couple maybe I'll come in there and throw you a couple i think I will."

During a water break, Harbaugh engaged the campers with a brief chat. Many of them were too shy to say much back.

The clinic primarily involved the basics of football, and was intended to motivate and provide fundamentals.

"You can see the joy in their faces when they do something correctly," special teams coordinator and assistant head coach Jerry Rosburg said. "I think it helps their whole lives. It helps them at school, it helps them at home."

A former collegiate and high school coach, Rosburg recalled how he had regularly taken part in youth football clinics

"It's really refreshing," Rosburg said. "We all feel privileged to be coaching in the NFL. Many of us started at other levels, and it kind of brings you back. This is a great experience for all of us. I'm not sure who's getting more out of it, them or us."



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