Catching a pass from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Running routes with Arizona Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald. Lining up across the line of scrimmage across from former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Darrelle Revis.
Sounds like a dream for a lot of young athletes, but today those dreams became reality on the fields of Disney's Wide World of Sports.
High schoolers from 24 teams around the state are spending the next three days learning from future Hall of Famers. They're getting a ton thrown at them and the 500 players on the fields are trying to catch as much advice as they can.
"We try to create a lot of benefits as much as we can," said Brees, "but certainly the experience we want this to be something that they'll remember forever."
You would think that when the high school players walked out onto the field and saw Brees and Revis, they would be star-struck. And they were for a couple of minutes, but quickly turned into pure football.
It's a sign that this generation of players is much more advanced and more confident that the kids that Brees and Revis grew up playing with.
"They are very confident these days," said Revis. "They are saying, 'I can catch a ball over you,' but it's fun interaction and you enjoy it."
"Some of these kids, I'm looking at them and they are taller than me. Some of them I'm looking at them and they're 6-3, 6-4, 6-5, weighing 250 pounds. It looks like they can already play professional football. It brings joy to me to sit here and coach them and give them so insight on what I experienced throughout my career."
This is the second year at Disney for Brees and he's giving back knowing the impact that was made on him growing up around this game.
"Listen, we were all in this position once," he continued. "We all, at some point, were in their shoes going to these camps, listening to maybe one of our idols speak or giving us instruction. That kind of thing, man, you're hanging on every word. I think you understand the fact that you are a role model for a lot of these kids. Certainly they inspire to be in the position that you are in or else they wouldn't be here. So, you're trying to get them to the next level."
There are two teams from Hillsborough County going through the drills, Blake High and Newsome High. Newsome head coach Ken Hiscock brought 20 of his players from Lithia and is seeing firsthand the benefit.
"It's great experience for the kids, it's a lifetime experience for them," said Hiscock. "They'll remember this for a long time to come."
And that's the point the Brees and friends are trying to pass on.
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