Mike Tomlin’s message to Hampton Roads youth

By: Nathan Epstein

Standing on a stage with hundreds of youth football players in attendance at the Hampton Roads Youth All-Star Camp, Mike Tomlin admitted he was never the biggest, the fastest or the strongest when he was trying to gain college interest at Denbigh High School.

It was his work ethic, he stressed, and his decision-making that ultimately made him a success at the College of William and Mary, and later, a Super Bowl-champion head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It is that same work ethic and decision-making he wishes to instill in the crop of players that looked on. “It’s more than telling them they’re capable,” said Tomlin, who hosted the camp along with Michael Vick, former offensive lineman Elton Brown (Arizona Cardinals), cornerback B.W. Webb (Pittsburgh Steelers) and former NFL defensive end Greg Ellis.

“They got to plan. They got to surround themselves with people that will be an assistance in that matter, they got to make the minute day-to-day decisions that will produce the type of outcome long-term, and short, that they’re looking for.”

The camp started off with skill sessions in the morning, and finished up with the symposium inside Christopher Newport University’s Freeman Center.

Tomlin and his players will report to training camp on July 25.