Harrison High School (Farmington Hills, Michigan) was the home of Michigan’s most decorated football program, but after 49 years, a state record 437 wins and 13 state championships later, the school closed following this past school year.
But of the hundreds of talented players to play for the Hawks over the years, one is making sure their home field still sees potential NFL talent played on it.
Former Hawk, Michigan Wolverines and current Indianapolis Colts receiver Devin Funchess, held his fourth annual free youth football camp at Harrison on Saturday. He was sad about his school closing.
“I was kinda sad just because we had the biggest school in the district,” Funchess said prior to his camp Saturday. “But it is what it is, life moves on.”
Funchess, who played for Harrison from 2010-11 under legendary coach John Herrington, welcomed kids from ages 5-13 to his alma matter for a day of fun, drills and competition. Many of the kids were returnees from last year’s camp.
Sherry Labadie, the mother of one of the campers, said her daughter had the choice between Funchess’ camp or another one that was happening the same day. It was a no-brainer for her.
“She loves the drills, being around the kids and having fun,” Labadie said. “She likes Devin the most.”
Funchess, who was accompanied for part of the day by his friend, NFL superstar Todd Gurley, took pride in his camp. He hoped to instill good values and teach the fundamentals of the game.
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“I just want to teach the youth more about the game and life as well,”‘ Funchess said. “I want to put in their heads that they’re more than just an athlete.”
Funchess’ camp put the once lively field to good use. And who knows: Maybe that green and yellow turf was touched Saturday by a youngster who could become a football standout in the future.
Highlights from last year’s camp: