Posted by Andy Benoit
Several training camps are closing down today, and players are returning home. Ten years ago, this would have been somewhat noteworthy. But these days, as Ken Sorenson of the Charlotte Observer points out, a majority of teams hold camp in their home city. The colloquial concept of bunking in a college dorm is dying. Sorenson calls the concept “archaic”.
In the olden, pre-Twitter, days players would pack up at the end of the season and unpack when camp began. When they saw each other it was like a reunion. Now, with summer camp and Organized Team Activities and year-round conditioning, often at the team gym, they’re entwined.
The Panthers are one of the 15 teams that hold true to the old-fashioned tradition. They host camp in Spartanburg, SC, which is 90 from Charlotte.
For three weeks they subsist on football. They don’t mow the lawn, walk the dog, drive the kids to soccer practice or pick up dry cleaning, 2 percent milk or aspirin.
“If we were at home, we’d go our separate ways after practice,” says defensive end Everette Brown. “You should see the video games and card games everybody plays. There’s good bonding here in Spartanburg.”
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