Bradenton, Fla. -- Chris Weinke has plenty of life lessons to share.
Weinke played minor league baseball, won a Heisman Trophy at Florida State, and spent seven seasons in the NFL. Now he's passing along what he learned during his playing career as director of the new IMG football academy in Bradenton.
"The opportunity to build something from the ground up was very intriguing to me," Weinke said.
Weinke is working at the same facility where he trained for the NFL Combine in 2000 after winning a national championship and Heisman Trophy in Tallahassee.
The academy held its inaugural three-day camp for high school football players this weekend. Weinke led a coaching staff that included former NFL and Miami Hurricanes linebacker Dan Morgan and quarterback guru Terry Shea. Shea helped prepared the two most recent number one overall picks in the NFL draft, Matthew Stafford and Sam Bradford.
"Times have changed (for high school players). I didn't have these type of opportunities when I was growing up as a player," Weinke said. "We wanted to separate ourselves (from other football camps)."
Weinke says his ultimate goal is to develop a football team that would compete at the high school level while at the IMG facility.
Travis Bell, 10 Connects Sports