University of Pittsburgh wide receiver Jordan Addison hosted a football camp through the Sports International Football Camps and was joined by former NFL players Willie Williams and Rasheed Marshall.
The camp saw many youth players from across the WPIAL area learn from the three football players as well as coaches from WPIAL high schools. Addison was the namesake for the camp, but both Williams and Marshall have been helping out with such youth camps for many years since their retirements.
”It feels pretty good that I get to help out all these young kids out here,” said Addison.
Addison is set to return to Pitt after a historic season in which he won the Blitenikoff Award, which is awarded to NCAA’s top wide receiver. He’s the third-ever Pitt wide receiver to win the award, joining future NFL Hall-of-Famer Larry Fitzgerald past Pitt great Antonio Bryant. Addison had 17 touchdown receptions, 100 catches and 1,593 receiving yards in 2021 as the go-to target for Heisman third-place finisher Kenny Pickett.
Williams was a Super Bowl winner with the Pittsburgh Steelers for Super Bowl 40 in 2005 and was the only member of that team who also appeared in the Steelers’ Super Bowl XXX loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He played 13 years in the NFL, six of them with the Steelers.
”It feels good,” said Williams. “It feels good to always come back and give my time back to these kids because I know that coming from a guy like myself and the rest of these coaches (the kids) appreciate it. So to come back and give my time up, it’s a wonderful thing. I always like to coach the kids up…”
”I’ve been doing this for 15 years now so it’s in my heart.”
Marshall came from the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended West Virginia University and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2005 and served as the team’s kick returner his rookie season. He also spent some time on the Steelers practice squad in 2007.
”I do this every year,” said Marshall. “It’s something I look forward to. A lot of these guys were in the same position that I was in as a kid, coming up, so anyway that I can give my feedback, help with some knowledge and to get these guys on the other to become better players, I’m here for it.”
Sports International Football Camps is a company that hosts football camps across the United States. Some upcoming camps will be hosted by players like former San Diego Chargers running back LaDamian Tomlinson current Minnesota Vikings wide receiver KJ Osborn.
The Jordan Addison football camp is the second one hosted in Pittsburgh as the Willie Parker football camp took place back on February 26-27.
Correction: Previously this article said Marshall grew up in Beechview, but it has since been changed to reflect his upbringing in the Hill District.
Correction: Previously this article said that Addison and Fitzgerald were the only two Pitt wide receivers to win the Blitenikoff Award. It’s since been changed to reflect Bryant’s win as well.