San Diego’s NFL footprint grows under agent Tom Brady
Does San Diego still have an NFL identity, four years after Dean Spanos took the Chargers north?
NFL games attract good TV ratings here, especially on Monday nights; meanwhile, green shoots are growing on local football fields.
“San Diego has been amazing for us,” longtime NFL agent Don Yee told Helix High on Sunday. “It’s an extremely welcoming community, and I think the business community is showing a lot more interest in us.”
Yee brought his new HUB football program to San Diego, providing an opportunity for aspiring NFL players who pay $ 750 to receive NFL-level coaching and train for NFL scouts.
The 60 players eyeing Sunday at Jim Arnaiz Field in La Mesa were scouts for five NFL teams, as well as three others from the Canadian Football League. Prior to the recent NFL Draft, eight NFL scouts attended a HUB practice at Maranatha Christian High in Del Sur.
Yee said he was just getting started. He’s planning a Senior Bowl-type event, maybe in San Diego.
Convinced that football needs a professional development league, Yee said he hoped the XFL would revive, but also said his HUB team could host games. Again, San Diego may be an option.
“Below NFL level unfortunately opportunities for players are scarce,” said Yee, whose client Tom Brady became a seven-time Super Bowl champion after finishing 199.e in the NFL Draft.
At the same Helix Stadium where future NFL stars Reggie Bush and Alex Smith were teammates, participants on Sunday included a linebacker from the last team of the San Diego Chargers, a linebacker who played in two recent Super Bowls with the Broncos. Denver and a quarterback who opposed. State of Alabama, LSU and Ohio.
“I put a good movie there today,” said Korey Toomer, 32, who started eight games for San Diego in 2016. “I’m grateful to HUB.” Toomer, who last played Green Bay in 2018, said he improved his mental game with the help of a therapist.
Brandon marshall, 31, said Sunday’s session reminded him how much he loves football. “It was so much fun,” he said. Marshall, who played 70 snaps in Denver’s 24-10 Super Bowl victory over five years ago, said not playing since training camp in 2019 has refreshed his body.
Former Michigan and Ole Miss quarterback Shea patterson, 24, overcame some early hiccups on Sunday to throw tight passes. Cut by the Kansas City Chiefs last July after two months of virtual meetings, Patterson trained in Atlanta and Nashville. To earn money, he sells shampoo and skin products. He said he devotes every day not only to the development of football, but also to being a better person.
“My goal is to be a starting quarterback in the NFL,” said Patterson, a 26-game start for Michigan from 2018-19, “and I’m not going to stop until that happens.”