Former Dolphin inspires youth

A former Miami Dolphin urged local kids to keep their focus on education and fitness. 

Troy Drayton recently spoke to kids at The Security Centre 2013 Youth Flag Football League finals at the Camana Bay Sports Field. Drayton, 42, told dozens of youngsters that his graduation outshined his football contracts. 

“Education is the most important thing,” Drayton said. “My proudest moment wasn’t when I signed an NFL contract, it was when I graduated college. 

“You guys are our future and you got to make sure you’re physically fit and make good choices. It’s not about football, it’s about life. That’s the foundation for being fit.” 

Drayton was at last Saturday’s finals along with a Dolphins cheerleader and team representative Courtney Baker. Together they handed out Miami paraphernalia such as footballs, T-shirts and wristbands. 

A trio of squads would emerge champions. The Maples Raiders beat the Burger King Gators, 20-13, in the junior division, the Dart Cayman Islands Dolphins thrashed Walkers Wolverines, 31-14, and Brett Eden’s Popeyes Saints crushed 3T Cayman Giants, 28-14. 

Drayton was a tight end for eight seasons from 1993 to 2000, including three years spent with the Dolphins from 1996 to 1999. The Coral Springs, Florida resident had 243 receptions, 2,645 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns in his career. The 6 foot, 3 inch, 260-pound Pennsylvania native was a college standout at Penn State University. 

Drayton was in Grand Cayman last week, along with former Dolphin Twan Russell and team mascot T.D, visiting local schools. The two Miami youth coordinators were on a promotional tour ahead of the Dolphins football camp taking place on 24 and 25 July at the T.E. McField Sports Centre (popularly called the Annex).  

 

The camp will target youngsters ages 6 to 14 and run from 9am to noon each day and costs $12 per child. 

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