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NFL player hopes to be hometown role model

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington-born professional football player is giving back to the community. Jay Ross, a defensive tackle who signed a free agent contract with the champion New Orleans Saints in April, is hosting a football camp. This was the first day of the camp at the MLK Center downtown.

Ross was the captain of New Hanover High School's football team. He also played at East Carolina. He says he's happy to have the opportunity to help kids in his hometown.

"A lot of people don't understand that you don't have to help a large group of kids," Ross said. "Just get a small group and start from there and it will build just like a domino effect. I just want to be the person that little kids look up to, because I always wanted someone to look up to as I was growing up."

The camp is free and open to kids of all ages. It continues tomorrow. It runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MLK Center on 8th Street between Church and Nun Streets.

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A Young Man

who leads by example. There could be more such programs for all sports; Wilmington and New Hanover County are full of former college and professional players who could chip in a few hours or days if the opportunity were created.

But, the city and county would rather fund convention centers and highways to nowhere.

Just think what a few thousand city dollars could do to provide some structure, facility, and basic necessities like water to promote such initiatives.

On another note, think what could be contributed by origanizations which focus on putting a dog in the fight or marching once a year to remember some incident which took place over 100 years ago.

Maybe it's time for a few priorities to change.

we are very proud of you, go

we are very proud of you, go do your thing, and make a difference in not only your life but the life of your family an these kids and kids to come, your a special person, do what God has placed in your hands to do, we have your back and we do support you, Ross's family