Former NFL players to conduct football clinic

By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Kevin Brown is bringing some of his NFL buddies to the foothills for some flag football. Three former NFL linebackers will conduct a football clinic on May 12 at the turf field next to Magnolia Middle School. Former Pittsburgh Steelers great Mike Merriweather will join fellow retired NFL players Adrian Ross and Anthony Bell at the clinic, which is open to players ages 5 to 18. The clinic will include several skill drills focusing on defensive techniques. There will be an autograph session at the end of the clinic, which runs from 9 a.m. to 11. Cost is $20 and part of the proceeds will go to support Magnolia?s Odyssey of the Mind program. Brown organized the event. He is the vice president of the Northern California branch of the NFL Retired Players Association. He played one season with the Arizona Cardinals at wide receiver and then in NFL Europe before injuries forced him to retire. Now he helps fellow pros make the sometimes difficult transition to life without football. ?I struggled with the decision to cut (my career) short and I regretted it for a few years,? said Brown, who has since flourished in the sports marketing field. ?Some of my peers struggle after their football careers. It?s not easy.? Staying involved with the game through coaching and clinics is one way players ease through the transition, and give back to their communities. ?We held it last year and invited (former Seattle Seahawk) Anthony Simmons and had a good turnout,? Brown said. ?We?re hoping to build it this year and get more people involved.?