Thursday, February 12, 2009

Chris Leak Tries a Different Camp

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 2/12/2009 No comments
Chris Leak is one of the greatest high school and college quarterbacks of all time. He started the incredible win streak at Independence High School (it eventually reached 109 games), winning three consecutive state championships while setting North Carolina state records for passing yards in a career (15,593) and completions in a career (1,013) as well as the national record for touchdown passes in a career (185). And not only did he end his University of Florida days by leading the Gators to the 2007 BCS National Championship (winning MVP), but he also left with school records for passing yardage (11,213), completions (895), and attempts (1,458), and is second all-time in touchdown passes (88).

But football can be a cruel sport. Despite all of Leak's heroics on the field at the high school and college level, he hasn't been able to establish a pro career.

Leak wasn't drafted in 2007 and while he's practiced the last two summers during training camp with NFL teams, he's failed to make the final rosters. Last summer he signed to the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League, so it'll be interesting to see how he plays when the season starts in June. Perhaps he'll follow the path of Jeff Garcia--excel in the CFL and get another shot at the NFL. If not, he just may have opened the doors to his future calling.

He's recently launched the Chris Leak Championship Football Academy, where he's planning to teach technique and fundamentals to 7-12 graders with the help off several of his former Florida Gator teammates. The first camp kicks of next month in Apopka, Florida. Hopefully, and I think it would be very likely, Leak eventually brings the camp to Charlotte. Someone with his talent and quarterback IQ could teach young athletes a lot (not to mention he earned his college degree). And who knows, this could be the making of the next Manning Passing Academy.


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