Former NFL stars gather in NW Atlanta to help kids with parents in prison

ATLANTA — A group of former NFL stars with local ties and a nonprofit agency who works to try making things better for former prisoners and their families gathered Sunday morning at a park in northwest Atlanta to learn a little football and a lot of fellowship.

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Former NFL and University of Alabama running back Shaun Alexander, former UGA football star and NFL Hall of Fame member Champ Bailey, former Georgia TE and longtime NFL star Benjamin Watson, former Atlanta Falcons RB Warrick Dunn along with former University of Tennessee RB Inky Johnson and former NFL wide receiver Frank Murphy all came to offer their insight and motivation to the large group of kids in attendance.

The Prison Fellowship “Angel Tree” sports camp gave the kids a chance to be coached up by the athletes and members of Atlanta’s Police Athletic League. The group also gathered for some entertainment and spiritual encouragement as part of Sunday’s events.


The kids appeared eager to run through drills with the NFL legends on a clear and sunny Sunday at Anderson Park. It was a way to get warmed up before maybe going to watch some NFL games Sunday afternoon.

Prison Fellowship said they offer events like this as part of their outreach to prisoners, former prisoners and their families to help with criminal justice reform.

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