Eleven years after graduating from Miami Springs Senior High School and turning in a terrific three years in a Golden Hawks uniform, former Hawks football star Devin Aromashodu will serve as the host for the upcoming Third Annual Solomon Legal P.A. Devin Aromashodu All-Star Football Camp.
The inaugural event was held three years ago and, after skipping one year due to the NFL lockout in 2011, returned last year. Organized by The Genesis Media Group and A.M.I Concierage, the camp is absolutely free and will be held this Saturday, March 23 at Miami Springs Senior High School for all kids ranging from sixth to 12th grade.
The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and registration will take place at 8 a.m. before beginning promptly at 9 a.m. Aromashodu, who played at Springs from 1999-2001 and played the last two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, will not be the only NFL star attending.
One of the bigger headliners featured will be Jacoby Jones, wide receiver from the world champion Baltimore Ravens. It was Jones who reeled in quarterback Joe Flacco’s “miracle” 73-yard touchdown pass with less than 30 seconds left to force overtime in a divisional playoff game in Denver, a game the Ravens went on to win. Jones also was among the stars in the Ravens’ Super Bowl victory against San Francisco with touchdowns on a 56-yard reception and a 108-yard kickoff return.
Also scheduled to be in attendance will be Aromashodu’s Vikings teammates Fred Evans and Mistral Raymond, as well as Chicago Bears players Tim Jennings and Major Wright. Louis Delmas (Detroit Lions), Rashad Butler (Houston Texans), Mark Anderson (Buffalo Bills) and Ben Obomanu (Seattle Seahawks) are also scheduled to attend.
Campers will participate in drills mentored by the NFL players; receive a camp T-shirt, free food and drinks. The four-hour session will include 12 different football skill stations. A meet-and-greet autograph session with Aromashodu and the other NFL players will follow all of the skill sessions.
After a standout career at Springs, Aromashodu signed to play at Auburn University where he was a major contributor during his four years at the collegiate level. In 2006, he was drafted in the seventh round by his hometown team, the Miami Dolphins.
Even though he got waived on the team’s final cut, he wound up getting lucky when the Indianapolis Colts signed him to their practice squad. The Colts then went on to win Super Bowl XLI over the Chicago Bears, thus Aromashodu picked up a Super Bowl ring.
After getting waived by the Colts after the 2008 season, he was signed by the Bears in 2009 and enjoyed a breakout season in 2010. In the summer of 2011, he signed with the Vikings as an unrestricted free agent. Last season, in a reserve role, he caught 11 passes for 182 yards.
“I’m just happy and excited that we are able to come back and do this again because I love giving back to my school and my football program,” said Aromashodu. “What’s really cool is not only giving back to the kids but it’s kind of turned into a mini-reunion as well. I get to see a lot of my old coaches and teammates. As long as I’m able, I would love to do something like this every year.”
“With Devin, this is the ultimate example of someone giving back,” said Springs head football coach Darryl Bethune. “We’re so happy and excited for him to have had the NFL career he’s had, and for him to have helped set this entire camp up and bring in some high-profile players, all just to help out our program, says a lot more about him as a person than a player.”
In addition to Solomon P.A. Legal, other sponsors of the camp include Powerade, Checkers Drive-In restaurants and Bamboo Night Club. For more information or to add your name to the list of sponsors for the camp or to get yourself signed up, contact Tia Kara at 323-447-2583 (e-mail email@example.com) or Rohan Sutherland at 561-859-7552 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).