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May 31, 2011

McCown Passing Camp falls victim to NFL lockout

JACKSONVILLE — Many peoples’ lives, from coast to coast and even in East Texas and Jacksonville, have been impacted by the ongoing NFL lockout.

Some of the latest victims are local and area youth who had previously planned to spend a few days attending the 2011 edition of the popular McCown Passing Camp.

The camp has been a summertime favorite of East Texas youth for the past eight years, as Randy, Josh and Luke McCown, in addition to visiting NFL players, pass along position-specific skills, training methods and other ideals to campers of all ages.

“Due to the NFL lockout and the instability of a timeline for when work could possible begin, Randy, Josh and Luke came to the decision that it would be impossible to guarantee Josh and Luke’s participation, as well as the guest NFL players that are annually on staff,” Pat McCown said on Tuesday.

“So, in light of those circumstances, it is just not feasible to plan the camp this year.”

The camp is traditionally held during the last week of June.

Pat McCown went on to say that the McCown family regrets that a camp will not be able to be staged this year, but that the event will return next year.

“We are disappointed, because for the last eight years we have loved offering the camp to the youth of the East Texas area,” Mr. McCown said. “Having met so many up and coming young athletes and quality young men and families, many of whom have returned to the camp several years in-a-row, our plan is to resume the camp in 2012.”

The camp offers training under the McCown brothers — Randy (a former quarterback at Texas A & M University), Josh (a former NFL quarterback who played for Hartford of the United Football league in 2010) and Luke who plays for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

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