Spain hosts second annual free youth football camp in his home city

PETERSBURG - When Quinton Spain was growing up in Petersburg, no one had come back to his city to hold football camps for him and his peers.

So Spain, who now plays for the Tennessee Titans, made it his goal to give back to his home community.

This Saturday, he did just that...

...for the second year in a row.

The Second Annual Quinton Spain Free Youth Football Camp was hosted by the 25-year-old NFL player on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Petersburg High School. Over 300 campers reportedly turned out for this year's edition of the camp.

The various stations that were spread across the Andrew J. White Football Field tested the young athletes' speed, strength and position skills. Drill instructors included Petersburg Football head coach Mike Scott, Hopewell Football head coach Ricky Irby and Roger Riggle of DefyGENETICS.

Spain was surprised by a presentation that the City of Petersburg held during the camp in his honor. Petersburg Mayor Sam Parham proclaimed July 1, 2017 as Quinton Lamar Spain Day and recognized Spain's accomplishments throughout his high school, college and professional careers.

Spain's jersey is expected to be retired by PHS during a Crimson Wave basketball home game in February 2018.

A graduate from PHS and West Virginia University, Quinton Spain can be found on Twitter under the name "Mr. Undrafted" - a reminder that, even though he went undrafted during the 2015 NFL Draft, he still went on to sign with the Tennessee Titans. In 21 NFL games played, he has started 19.

Now in year 3, Spain and his team are excited about the 2017-18 season. They're coming off of a year where they were one game away from making the playoffs.

"We came to the offseason workout with a chip on our shoulder and our GM did a good job in the draft," Spain said. "I feel like we've got a couple things that we need to make it to win an AFC Championship."

With WVU, Spain was a two-time All-Big 12 honoree and in 2014 was named to the All-Big 12 First Team by, as well as to the All-Big 12 Second Team by the Associated Press.

His high school accolades include 2008 Petersburg High School Team MVP, 2009 All-Top Gun High School Offensive Lineman and 2010 U.S. Army All-American. He was a member of Petersburg High School's 2009-10 AAA state runner-up basketball team.

Also present at Saturday's camp was Jerome Reid, who is an Athletic Trainer with the Titans and, like Spain, is a native of Petersburg.