Bo Scarborough excited to run July football clinic with former Alabama players
After playing in a youth football championship at Bryant-Denny Stadium, Bo Scarbrough moved to Tuscaloosa in his early teens.
Little did Scarbrough know he would play football at Alabama and finish with 20 touchdowns, more than 1,500 yards rushing and two national championships.
Scarbrough, a Tuscaloosa County grad, aims to help local athletes learn NFL and college football skills at his clinic in partnership with the YMCA of Tuscaloosa on July 10 at Central High School.
You can register for the clinic at https://www.tcpara.org/athletics/bo-scarbrough-football-camp.
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"When I was there, we didn’t have (many) football camps in the summertime to go to," Scarbrough. "We didn’t have that. (Former Alabama player) Le’Ron McClain, he started that when he was in the league. He did a few, but he couldn’t do it by himself, you know what I mean. ...
"What we do need is the guys that play a role and that are leaders need to help the younger kids and tell them to stay in school and do what’s right and do the right thing and be the best that you can be in whatever you’re doing."
To run the clinic, Scarbrough has enlisted the help of former Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones, who finished with 1,030 yards and seven touchdowns receiving in his career. Scarbrough, a three-year NFL veteran, wants to keep secret the rest of the former and current Alabama players helping out.
"He’s the guy that’s going to run the camp for me because of his enthusiasm, the life that he brings to the players," Scarbrough said.
YMCA of Tuscaloosa was on board and wanted to help. Scarbrough wants to expand the clinic to a multiday event in future years beyond football, teaching young athletes financial and life skills.
"Football is not a career," Scarbrough said. "It’s an activity, because if it was a career it would be something that you can do for the rest of your life and that you can give up when you want to give it up. But it’s only temporary, so like (Alabama coach Nick) Saban says, ‘You play until you’re 30 and then what are you going to do the rest of the 70 years that you have left on your life?’"
The former Alabama star has been training during the offseason and is currently unsigned. Scarbrough played one game during the 2020 regular season with the Seattle Seahawks, but injured his hamstring and finished the year on IR.
"I just want to thank Central for letting me be able to do this event on their field and the City of Tuscaloosa for giving the OK to do it," Scarbrough said. "Thank you to all the people that donated and have been really helpful. I just want the community to do more for the kids, and I want to do more for the kids."
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