Cowboys Michael Irvin Hosting 'Playmakers Academy' For Kids

Hall-of-Fame Cowboys legend Michael Irvin is holding his first-ever "Playmakers Academy" on July 6-11 at the University of North Texas.

Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin is holding his first ever "Playmakers Academy" on July 6-11 at the University of North Texas, and he wants your young football player, ages 7-18, to be a part of the experience.

The three-time Super Bowl champion is part of the holding of four different training programs on the grounds of the Mean Green in Denton, Texas. The first is the Keith O'Quinn Passing, Receiving, and DB Academy taught by Cowboys assistant coach Keith O'Quinn held from July 6-8. The second is the Sports International Lineman Academy held on July 7-8. The third is the Specialty Clinic on July 8. And the final is Michael Irvin Playmakers Academy on July 8-11.

Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Jesse Holley, who "went to camp" with Irvin on the 4th and Long reality show in 2009, sees nothing but benefits for potential enrollees at the "Playmaking Academy."

"He'll definitely teach them about hard work," Holley, who played with Dallas from 2009-11, said. "That's Michael in a nutshell. He's a hard working individual. He will definitely teach them that. He won't let them quit. He will challenge you. He will challenge these kids to be better. He is going to get the best out of you."

Irvin won't be the only Cowboy, past or present, to instruct the camp-goers. In the past, safety Barry Church and linebacker Sean Lee have taught kids tricks of the trade along with former Cowboys Bill Bates, Phil Costa, Stephen McGee, and Jeremy Parnell. This year, Church and La'el Collins are among the scheduled participants.

Despite the stars being out for Irvin's camp, budding football stars won't be faces in a crowd because Irvin is great at building relationships and making everyone feel special, according to Holley, who now is the analyst on Dallas Cowboys Radio Network pre and postgame shows.

"You never really hear anybody say anything bad about Michael Irvin the person,'' Holley said. "He has great relationships. He speaks to everyone. He's humble. He's caring. He's charismatic. He's loquacious. All of those things encompass who Michael Irvin is.

"He's going to have those kids excited. He's going to have them working extremely hard. He's going to have them maximizing all of their potential. And it should be a fun ride."


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