- Mike Rodak, ESPN Staff Writer
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Former Patriots linebacker and current ESPN NFL analyst Tedy Bruschi held his fifth annual youth football camp in conjunction with SBLI on Wednesday afternoon, awarding 54 kids ages 7 to 14 the opportunity to play in Gillette Stadium.
Despite sweltering temperatures, a number of current and former players were on hand to lead drills, including current Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo, punter Zoltan Mesko, and quarterback Brian Hoyer, as well as former Patriots safety Ray Ventrone and running back Sammy Morris.
The winners of an essay contest through the City of Boston and an number of local youth organizations, the participants were able to dress in the Patriots' visiting locker room and be introduced over the PA as they entered the field through the stadium tunnel.
"It's just a great treat for them. It's sort of an end of school year treat. School's over, summer's started, and they get to come on their favorite football team's field," Bruschi said. "They earned it, writing an essay about their game plan for success on the field, off the field, in the classroom. It's great. It's why I love doing this."
Extra water and misting stations were in place on the field, and staff were instructed to hold out any participants showing signs of heat exhaustion during the clinic.