Former Serra football standout Adoree’ Jackson was back home Monday night.
Jackson, currently a defensive back for the Tennessee Titans, returned to Serra as a guest at the Serra Youth Football Camp.
“To be able to come back and give back, it is always a blessing,” Jackson said Monday. “Growing up, I didn’t go to many camps, I didn’t get to see somebody that I looked up to that I had known locally and that was playing at the next level.
“For me it is one of those things just to always give back. When I was a kid that’s what I would have wanted, so any time I can give back and get back here, it is always cool.”
Jackson, who played in all 16 games last season for the Titans, spent the nearly two hours of the camp interacting with the young campers, giving out pointers on how to play the defensive back position.
“It speaks to what we’re about at Serra,” Coach Scott Altenberg said. “We talk about being a close-knit group, and having these guys come back just to be able to spread the word of it.
“We’re not the biggest school and everything, but we have a lot of great young men. They want to come. Like Bene Benwikere (Dallas Cowboys) was here before, he was here this afternoon working out, Jordan Lasley has been working out with guys. … It is nice to see them back because they mean a lot to me. They’re like kids to me and so when they come back as grown men, it is neat.”
Altenberg said he expects Deontay Burnett and Rasheem Green to be at the camp next month
“This place will always be special,” Jackson said of Serra. “Coming out here and seeing the transition of my guy, everybody helping me and molding me, it just shows that the resources you have around you that can help you out a lot.
“I think just by being here, helped mold me and groom me to not only be a better player, but a better person, that’s what they preach about here just try to be a better man, a Serra man, and I think by coming here it did that a lot.”