BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Former UAB and Wenonah quarterback Joe Webb didn’t have many camps of NFL players to go out when he was growing up. That’s part of the reason he holds an annual camp in Birmingham for the community that helped him reach where he is today.
“It’s always a blessing to come back and give to the community,” Webb said during his camp Saturday. “Every time I touched the field, I felt like nothing else matters. I’m sure a lot of these kids probably feel the same way.”
That’s the thought process of Rynetta Walton, who signed up her two sons and two nephews when she came across Webb’s camp a couple weeks ago.
“We need somebody to encourage our kids,” Walton said. “He’s out there slapping hands, giving them encouragement. He’s so personable with the kids.”
Webb said giving support to kids is important, but not just the support he can give.
“I see a lot of parents out here staying, watching their kids, watching them work. That’s great,” Webb said. “That’s what it takes. You’ve got to show support to your children.”
Walton says part of the reason she gives that support to her boys and nephews is to help keep them out of trouble.
“We’re trying to keep them busy, to keep their minds away from listening to music that suggests violence, TV that suggest violence,” she said. “My goal is to never, ever see one of my children behind bars.”