Alshon Jeffery is about to enter his sixth NFL season and it's a change in scenery as he is in his first season with the Philadelphia Eagles after spending his first five seasons with the Bears.
Jeffery says he's excited about joining the Eagles who were looking to add some playmakers to the offense, but Jeffery says that unit on the other side of the ball will be exciting to watch.
"It's all about the process, but I think we made some great pickups," Jeffery said.
"Even with me, Torrey (Smith) LeGarrette (Blount) and our defense, I just can't wait to see. Everyone's been like family. Everyone loves each other. We joke around and just compete with each other."
While Jeffery is in a positive frame of mind when it comes to his NFL career, he wants to spread those good feelings around and he will do just that Saturday when he hosts the 1st Annual Free Youth Football Camp and Community Fun Day. The camp is his way of giving back to the St. Matthews community who watched him win state championships in basketball and go on to a stellar career at USC and now in the NFL.
"Calhoun County means a lot to me," Jeffery said.
"I am Calhoun County. Calhoun County means everything to me because that's who made me who I am today."
Jeffery says he may be playing in the bright lights of the NFL, but his desire to come home is always there.
"When I was in college, everyday I wanted to go home, because I'm from a small town and I come to Columbia," Jeffery said.
"But going to Chicago, that was a bigger city and I wasn't use to the cold. I think that was the biggest adjustment. I stayed in the house most of the time. It was too cold."
Alshon says he recalls playing Dallas when the temperature was negative 10 degrees.
"Just waking up at 5 in the morning and it will say zero degrees," he said.
"We got out on the practice field and practice in the cold and then transition to Phllly, its been smooth, I mean, I left the cold. I know Philly gets pretty cold, but it can't get as cold as Chicago."
Cold will not be an issue for Alshon's camp on Saturday. The camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.
The day will also include a community fun day from 12pm-4pm. There will be free food, vendors, giveaways and games for the family.
Information on the camp can be found by clicking on the link below: