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The Camp King Strikes Again

Posted by Eric Allen on June 27, 2011 – 8:12 am

Jets tight ends coach/assistant offensive line Mike Devlin, who hosted offseason football camps at the College of New Jersey and in Shamokin, Pa., and Mount Sinai, N.Y., over the past month, has earned the moniker bestowed upon him by special teams assistant Ben Kotwica.

“Coach Devlin is definitely the Camp King. This is our time off — decompression time — before the season really begins,” Kotwica said recently of his colleague and friend. “But Coach Devlin leads the kids and the coaches and the community. Bringing everyone all together is a tribute to him and his family.”

In May, Devlin hosted Techniques in the Trenches in Ewing, N.J., for high schoolers as linemen were taught stance, footwork, pulling, combo blocks, pass blocking, down blocks and reach blocks. Then on June 18, Devlin moved on to Shamokin Area Middle/High School in Pennsylvania for a non-contact camp for 1st-9th graders. Over three days, youngsters were schooled in agility, blocking, passing, running, receiving and defensive skills. And last week’s camp at Mount Sinai HS on Long Island mirrored the setup in Pennsylvania.

“I do it here in Mount Sinai because this is where my family is, so I reach out to the community here,” Devlin explained. “I do it in New Jersey because I’m in New Jersey half the time, so I have that connection there. I do it in Pennsylvania because that’s where my father was [John Devlin was a 40-year coaching veteran who worked on every level] and there are a lot of needy kids there. Wherever we can go, if we think we can help in the community and there are kids who want to learn, then that’s where we’ll go. We’ll go anywhere.”

Devlin doesn’t travel alone. He was joined at Mount Sinai by not only Kotwica but also Jets assistants Brian Smith, Lance Taylor and Andy Dickerson.

“This is a great day for football,” Kotwica said last week. “We have over 100 kids at Coach Devlin’s camp, a tremendous turnout. Kids are getting the opportunity to get lessons on leadership and teamwork. They find out what hard work is all about and learn some football skills while they’re at it. We work on the offensive and defensive sides, and I even got some time with special teams.”

Four years ago, Devlin kicked around the idea of affordable camps with Jeff Koutsantanou and the rest is history.

“I can’t say enough about Coach Devlin,” said Koutsantanou, who serves as the camp’s executive director. “What he tries to do with the camp is phenomenal. He is a great person and a great friend.

“Mike is one of the best role models I know. He is great with the kids and puts a lot of time in. He goes out here and gets right in to the mix with the kids, so it’s great.”

Through the camps, Devlin is able to support local youth and high school programs and various charitable organizations. He has been able to help many over the past few years including Friends of Karen, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and March of Dimes. And it’s been a win-win for everyone as children continue to benefit from Devlin and the Jets coaches.

“I think we all do what we do because we love this game. Hopefully we can get some kids away from video machines and get them playing football, fall in love with the sport,” Devlin said. “I hope they learn a lot of good lessons. Each one of these coaches will speak about his story. Coach Kotwica was an Apache helicopter commander and Lance Taylor was a walk-on at Alabama. Everyone has a story and if one of those can inspire a kid to be better and to have success in whatever they want to do, it’s very rewarding for all of us.”

Posted in Eric Allen | 8 Comments »

8 Responses to “The Camp King Strikes Again”

  1. By uncle joe on Jun 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Randy,I’ve might of missed it,but,any word on Bart Scott? I read somewhere that he is making shirts and selling them and donating all the money to that player from Rutgers that was paralized. Also read about Colts x-O Coordinater,Tom Moore(I think) working with the Jets as a consultant this season,Anything?

  2. By IRA on Jun 28, 2011 | Reply

    Great work by Coach Devlin and the rest of the coaches who helped out.
    I think Edwards’ two catches in the highlite films were the best and most important. His catch vs the Colts was the best and his effort vs the Pats shows why they should try to keep him.
    Is it possible to invest 18 mill in 2 WR’s. Probably not but the highlites speak for themselves.
    They shoould restructure Sanchez’s and Revis’ salaries this year which come in at about 28 mill or so and give it to them in some type of signing bounus or something. I think there are a few others in the same boat. Just don’t know if time will allow that in such a short period of time to work with once things get started.

  3. By wayne on Jun 28, 2011 | Reply

    Tom Moore, now that’s a OC for you.

  4. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jun 28, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, Ira, they should restructure Sanchez and Revis’ salaries — to pay them and a lot of other guys a lot less. The guy who posted on this site about a year ago that the NFL needs 50% cuts in salaries, advertising, promotion, and then ticket, concession, and parking prices had it right. Unless you’re looking to see the NFL go the way of Greece someday.

  5. By IRA on Jun 28, 2011 | Reply

    Its really hard to believe the price we pay to attend these games. Man i remember when my Dad would take me to Shea and pay about 6.00 for a seat. How about 50 cents to sit behind the basket at the old Garden for a Saturday afternoon game if you showed your school G.O. Card. Or Tuesday nights at the Garden for a double dip like Sixers vs Royals with the Big O and then Celtics vs Knicks in the nightcap for less than 5.00. Now thats when sports was great.

  6. By wayne on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    Aw those zany owners. Looking out for the best interest of fans and the game…….Demaurice Smith might not be the one in over his head after all.

  7. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    When my dad bought seasons seats at Shea on the 50-yard line, orange level, 1964, Ira, they cost…$3.50 apiece. Okay, so maybe adjusted properly today that would be $20, $30, maybe even $40 — but not $500! The whole thing is totally out of control and nothing symbolized it better than Goodell’s Greed Bowl last year, where people paid $18 for margaritas, $100 for parking, and were told that the seats they’d paid for weren’t there at all.

  8. By Row on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    It’s funny that the people who pay for the product have no say anymore..

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