GRAND BLANC (WJRT) -
(06/09/14) - It's the middle of the off-season for the Detroit Lions, but many current and former players are gearing up for a busy summer teaching football.
Retired Lions' tight end Rob Rubick was impressed at the turnout at Grand Blanc High School's practice field Monday morning to kickoff the Detroit Lions Youth Training Camps - but he knows he's not the only one being impressed.
"Even though they don't know Eric Hipple, they'll see how their dad or their mom look at Eric Hipple, they get a little bit awestruck. And for them to get an opportunity to be coached by him, it's pretty unique," Rubick said.
Mid-Michigan gets a couple chances to take advantage of the Lions Youth Camps, next Thursday and Friday at Grand Blanc, and Saturday and Sunday in Midland.
Former Lions quarterback Eric Hipple says he loves getting the chance to work with the kids, and the younger they start getting involved, the better.
"I got started in youth football. And it was great. Sets the tone, sets the background on how to work together as a team," he said.
The Mid-Michigan stops are just the beginning of a summer that sees the Lions holding more than 30 camps all across the state.
Rubick says he's glad to see the vast reach of the program.
"They don't just pigeonhole it and just stay in Detroit. So it gives people out state in Michigan in Cheboygan and Midland and Traverse City an opportunity to be a part of this," he said.
The former Lions also say taking the camps to the kids helps to get more involved.