Watkins hosted a ProCamp event at West Seneca West High School Sunday, which was sponsored by Sunny D, where kids participated in football drills and learned the basics of the game.
"It was great just seeing the kids out there having fun and how much the parents are involved," Watkins said. "They could be asleep right now, but they've got the kids out here early, learning, and there's a lot of teaching. So I just want to thank the staff for coming out here and working with me today and just teaching the kids the right way to play football."
The football field at the high school was packed with children of all ages as they worked with coaches to run drills at every position. Kids would learn fundamentals like running routes correctly, coming off of the ball as a tight end and even working in the trenches as linemen.
"You've got running backs, you've got tight ends, receivers, you've got linemen, they're all learning the basics of football," Watkins said.
Watkins said when he was drafted by the Bills that he would strive to be a role model for his fans. He has come through with that promise as he realizes the importance of being a good citizen as a professional athlete.
"I'm here to serve," Watkins said. "And that's basically being an idol, a professional and just come out here and help everybody. It's not about the NFL. It's about helping other people out that need help. I'm not out here to earn any brownie points or to get noticed. I've been noticed on TV, so for me, it's about giving back."
Watkins was genuine when speaking about helping in the Buffalo community, and children in particular. He's made it clear since being drafted by the Bills that he expects to be a leader both on, and off the field. And while he has yet to play a single snap for Buffalo, his presence in the community is already making a positive impact, and Watkins loves the feeling he gets when he is able to make a difference.
"It was great to see how much they interact and care about football," Watkins said of the kids at the camp. "Just getting them up early in the morning and come out here. You've got girls and boys coming out here and competing and willing to work. It's a great opportunity for them to get better at life."
Watkins may still be a rookie learning the ropes in the NFL, but his maturity is that of a veteran. He understands what it means to be a professional and be there for the community that has embraced him, and he's humble enough to give back to the community in any way that he can.
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