Decatur native Josh Pearson hosts second annual youth football camp

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) — Before playing football at Jacksonville State and eventually becoming a Super Bowl champion, Josh Pearson grew up in Decatur, Ala. where he took the field for the Austin Black Bears.

Now Pearson is doing everything he can to try to give back to the community that raised him. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneer hosted his second annual youth football camp in Decatur on Saturday.

Pearson played in the NFL and is now heading to Canada to play for the BC Lions in the Canadian Football League, giving young players from northern Alabama the chance to learn from a professional wide receiver who continues to make his way through the pros.

Pearson says growing up he didn’t have many professional players in his area to look up to, so he hopes he can be that role model for kids today who dream of playing professional football.

“I love giving back and I love the smiles on the kids’ faces,” Pearson said. “I try to make it a yearly thing, no matter what team I’m on, whether I’m with Canada or in the NFL. I just want to give back to the community no matter where I am.

Pearson is hosting a free “Sunday Funday” at Rhodes Ferry Park in Decatur on Sunday, May 8 from 2-5 p.m. There will be inflatables, games and more. For more information about the event, you can contact (256) 345-0629.


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