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Former Jim Thorpe award and two-time super bowl winner teaches local talent

Tyrone Carter Elite Camp Grooming Local Talent

06/10/2014, 6:45am CDT
By Kyle Goblirsch

Tyrone Carter Elite Camp Grooming Local Talent

Future Hall-of-Famer Randy Moss celebrates a TD at TC Elite Camp

This last weekend, former Minnesota Golden Gopher Jim Thorpe award winner and two-time Super Bowl winning safety Tyrone Carter held his second local Elite Camp here in the Twin Cities.


Northstar Football stopped over to check-in on the event which was held at Robbinsdale Cooper High School and had close to 100 local athletes on hand. 


Tyrone also had former Gopher alums Ron Johnson, Duane Bennett and Steve Davis assisting in coaching the event this last weekend.  Close friend and former NFL teammate Randy Moss was another spotlight coach of the event. 


With the star power and former collegiate athletes on hand, Tyrone says the biggest thing he is striving for is to help teach local prospects that wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunities to learn what it takes to be a successful athlete.


“The TC Elite Camp is really here to teach these kids the game number one; that’s our biggest goal” Tyrone explained.


Carter knows there is talent in the Twin Cities market and he has it as a personal mission to get those kids recruited. 


“We are also focused on getting more colleges in here to recruit Minnesota. We want to make sure the University of Minnesota covers and get the top kids from here.  If they don’t, my job is to get these kids to college.


“Some of these kids don’t have a support factor, they don’t have a family, they just want someone to believe in them and help them accomplish their goals and dreams.  If you put in the hard work, your dream can come true.”


One aspect of the camp that stood out is the daily film study.  The opportunity to have a future Hall-of-Famer like Randy Moss lead a film session, not just calling X and Os, but thoroughly teaching local preps how to watch film and what aspects they should be looking for.


“We played the game so long that we understand the dynamics of teaching.  When you get them in the film room, that’s just another tool for them to learn from.  They get to see their mistakes and then come back and correct their mistakes. 


“Most kids in college don’t like film study because they’ve never been taught how to watch film.  We’re trying to teach them that aspect as well in these camps.”


Watching film, then getting on the field learning from former high-level athletes that have gone through the process is the unique opportunity locally that Tyrone is trying to offer. 


Carter has made it a goal to lift the awareness of athletes in the Twin Cities market, as well as help develop some of those athletes that otherwise might get overlooked or not have the opportunities to shine. 

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