FAIRFIELD —Lockout or not, it’s still all about football for Super Bowl champion and Fairfield High graduate Desmond Bishop.
The Green Bay Packers linebacker is back home this week to host a free football camp Saturday at Fairfield High and a charity raffle Friday in Vacaville to support the community that gave him his shot at the big time.
“It feels good, it always brings me a lot of joy to give back,” Bishop said,”especially at my alma mater, Fairfield High, and the city of Fairfield.”
Bishop said he’ll have a few college and pro teammates joining him at Saturday’s camp as well as a number of local NFL players, including Packers teammate Jerrett Bush, Indianapolis Colts lineman Kyle DeVan (Vacaville), Buffalo Bills receiver Steve Johnson (Rodriguez) and Bills running back Quinton Ganther (Fairfield).
“We’ll have more than 350 kids this year,” Bishop said. “We put it out there early and the turnout is going to be great. The kids can learn something and have fun at same time.”
Saturday’s camp will be split into two sessions. Running from 8 a.m. to noon will be the session for players ages 8 to 13, followed by a lunch break.
After lunch the high school-aged group (14-18) will run from 1-5 p.m.
Each session will be tailored to the specific needs of the target age group, Bishop said, and not just regarding football.
“I like to give back, and hopefully inspire all of the kids to do great things in their lives and be successful, not just in football but in life in general,” Bishop said.
In addition to the camp, Bishop said he’s hosting a charity event from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday at the Marriott on Orange Drive in Vacaville. The event will feature a raffle for autographed NFL memorabilia.
As for if he’ll get to rejoin his Green Bay teammates on the practice field anytime soon, Bishop said he’s hopeful.
“It’s a little different not being back,” he said. “It’s good to be with family a little bit, but at same time I’m ready to get back. I want to get in that football mode. I’m just trying to stay ready for whenever they call us back. We’ll be ready to compete and go.”
Reach Mike Corpos at 427-6979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.