When former Carver High and current Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell was a kid, he didn't have the opportunity to attend football camps.
He wanted to, but costs were high, and so he was forced to learn his game the old-fashioned way without any help from the experts.
It's a regret he still holds with him today, and the main reason he wanted to return to Columbus for a one-day camp free of charge for local 9-13-year-olds. That camp was held Saturday at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium.
"It means a lot just to come back and give the kids the fundamentals," Crowell said. "I wanted to go to different camps when I was younger and wasn't able to because of the cost, so I wanted to do a free camp and just come out here and have a fun time with the kids."
Fun was the key word. Fun, as in fundamentals and fun, as in, well, fun.
He wanted them to learn how to run with the football, how to carry it high and tight. But more than anything, he wanted them to have a good time and enjoy the game.
"Football isn't about just being the best all the time," Crowell explained. "It's about coming out and competing and playing your hardest and giving your all."
That's something the second-year pro has learned over time. After he was dismissed from the University of Georgia following off-the-field disciplinary issues, Crowell landed at Alabama State, where he played two fairly fruitful seasons. He went undrafted in 2014, but landed with the Browns on a rookie free agent contract. He wound up rushing for 607 yards and eight touchdowns in his first season and looks to earn the team's starting running back position in 2015.
He said it was all about confidence and hard work going forward.
"Just being confident and going out there and staying humble and working hard," he said. "I feel like everything else will take care of itself."
Crowell will be competing against Terrence West and former Miami running back Duke Johnson, who was drafted in the third round of this year's NFL draft.