VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – EJ Manuel, standing on the track that circles the football field at Bayside High School, said he can remember “throwing fade routs right here on this field maybe six or seven years ago.”
Boy time flies when you finish a college career at Florida State, are drafted 16th overall by the Buffalo Bills and have already played your first season of professional football.
Even after all of that, Manuel has never forgotten where home is.
“To be able to come back, and the city still have open arms for me…it means a great deal to me. So I’m thankful,” said Manuel, who hosted his first EJ Manuel Camp at Bayside High School in Virginia Beach; the very place his star first started to shine.
Campers, which ranged from youth player all the way to high school seniors, participated in basic football drills at the start of camp, heard some teachings from Football Hall of Famer Bruce Smith (a close friend of Manuel’s father), and later played 7-on-7.
Manuel hoped for a good turnout, and he was pleasantly surprised to host over 300 kids. Because of that, he’s already thinking of making it a two-day event next year.