So, Mark Richt, you want to embrace the past and the swagger that is Miami football? How do you do that?
That’s the question asked to Richt, the second-year Miami coach, on SportsCenter during his day going through the ESPN “Car Wash.” He responded right away with talking about how the recent Paradise Camp went and the many former players that showed up for it.
“I hate to start with the names, but at the end of the camp we had Ed Reed and Michael Irvin address our camp,” Richt said. “We had Jonathan Vilma, Jonathan Beason, we had D.J. (Williams), we had Jeremy Shockey, we had Brett Romberg, who’s a Rimington Award winner; We had Devin Hester, we had Vince Wilfork. We had at least 10 first-rounders and probably four to five future NFL Hall of Famers. Michael Irvin already is one. They came and helped coach our camp.
“They did it on their own dime. They did it because they love the U.”
Miami, of course, has a storied history in football. The 1980s saw national titles and a major mark left on the college football world by the players that went through at that time. The success again was found in the early 2000s, leading to a whole host of NFL draft picks and impressive alumni.
So naturally when many of those players — mentioned above — made it back to campus, it led to what Richt said was a “crazy” reception.
“When we introduced those guys, those guest coaches in front of our camp, it was like a Super Bowl introduction,” Richt said. “They were high-fiving each other, getting excited. Then I introduced our current coaches and they were kind of in awe of the whole thing. They were high-fiving the guys and all. We had our current players coaching there as well. It was a great weekend.”
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