GREENVILLE — When Amari Rodgers was growing up in Knoxville, Tenn., he attended camps hosted by some of the local athletes who were his role models.
Now Rodgers is holding camps for kids in the Upstate who look up to him.
Clemson’s leading receiver from last season held a camp in the Upstate on Saturday afternoon, hosting dozens of kids at the Kroc Center in downtown Greenville. Rodgers is expected to be a Day 2 pick in the NFL Draft later this month.
“It means a lot to me, just giving back to the fans at Clemson,” Rodgers said. “They supported me throughout my whole career. So this is the perfect opportunity to show love to them for all the support they gave me.”
Rodgers talked with the kids at the camp about making sure to enjoy the sport, while also instructing them and helping them to grow as football players.
Each player received individual instruction from Rodgers. Current Clemson running back Darien Rencher was also serving as a coach at the event.
Rodgers said the most important advice he has to offer young athletes is to have fun.
“Every time you step on the field just have fun. Don’t just think too much about how you perform. It’s always about having fun and doing what you love,” Rodgers said. “So just coming out and bringing that energy and letting them know that every time you come out on the field it’s about having fun.”
Rodgers, who caught 77 passes for 1,020 yards last season, has seen his draft stock rise since the 2020 season ended.
He will be in Knoxville for the draft later this month and hopes to hear his name called early on Day 2.
He also plans to continue to give back with more camps throughout his NFL career.
“It’s very surreal. I never thought it would be this soon. Now that it’s here, it’s just a blessing,” Rodgers said. “I’m looking forward to having many more opportunities like this.”