Pee wee superstar: Jahleel Addae


SAN DIEGO -- During training camp we will talk to some San Diego Chargers about their early experiences playing in football. Safety Jahleel Addae discussed his humble beginnings here.

Position in youth football: "My first year when I was 7-years-old I played nose tackle. I didn’t play much. I rode the pine a little bit. The second year I started to blossom, and I played tailback. I started to get jiggy with the rock at 8-years-old."

Name of your team in the photo: "I played running back for the Brandon Broncos at 9-years-old."

Favorite NFL player growing up: "I grew up in Tampa, so my favorite player growing up was Warrick Dunn."

Most memorable moment: "That year it was playing in Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Bucs. We won the Super Bowl that year, and every Super Bowl winner in that league got to play in Raymond James Stadium at halftime against another youth football league champion.

"That was legit. It was my first time playing in an NFL stadium. Everything was big. I was looking for my favorite players’ lockers, growing up in Tampa watching them. I was just living in the moment.

"It was awesome, but I didn’t get in the end zone. I kind of got shut down that game."

Most influential coach: "I’d say Coach Liddell. He was the head coach of the Brandon Broncos. He was more than a coach to me. I was best friends with his son, so I spent time with his family. I had my father in my life, but he was my father figure on the field"

Favorite after-game snack: "Capri Sun and Cheetos."