~By Carla Parker
Only six football players from Albany, Ga., have played in the NFL and 12-year-old Kameron Davis hopes to be the next Albany native to have an NFL career.
Davis, a student at Albany Middle School, plays running back for the school’s football team. He also played for Albany Seahawks youth football team. He started football when was 6 years old.
“I love contact, and my cousins play football,” he said. “I also got encouragement from my parents to play.”
Davis said he loves playing with his teammate and forming a brotherhood. He said he realized he was good at football the first time he put on shoulder pads and “got the feel of it.” He plays several other positions on the football field, including quarterback, and linebacker and safety on defense. He said his favorite position is quarterback.
Davis said he wants to improve his vision on the field and his leadership. He also plays baseball and runs track. He pitches and plays catcher, short stop and center field in baseball, and runs the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4×400-meter in track.
He said track helps him with his speed and baseball helps his vision on the football field.
“I find the hole and hit it as quickly as I can,” he said.
He said he model his playing style after former NFL player Ricardo Lockette, who is also from Albany.
“He’s from my hometown, and not too many people [from Albany] make it,” he said. “I want to try hard like him and try to be the next person [from Albany] to go to the NFL.”
He hopes to get college scholarship offers from Florida State and Georgia.
“Many players that go to those schools always make it and have a good opportunity to show their talents in the NFL or the MLB,” he said. “They have good college programs and camps.”
He recently attended a baseball camp at Florida State, which he said was a good experience for him.
“The college coaches were able to see me, and they taught me new [techniques] that I could bring back to my team and add to my game, which will make me a better player,” he said.
If he had to choose one sport to play in college between baseball and football, Davis said he would play football.
“Baseball is my favorite sport, but if I couldn’t play both in college I would play football,” he said.
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