Jorvorskie Lane returns to Lufkin for first ever football camp

Jorvorskie Lane returns to Lufkin for first ever football camp
Jorvorskie Lane receives key to the city (Source: KTRE Staff)
Jorvorskie Lane receives key to the city (Source: KTRE Staff)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The man legendary coach John Outlaw once called the best player to ever play in Lufkin came home to give back to future stars.

"I had to step up and make sure they knew my story and what I had to do and who helped me," Lane said.

Lane grew up on the north side of Lufkin after he was born to two teenage parents. Lane credits his grandmother with his willingness to succeed in life.

Friday, Lane was hoping to pass that on to over 200 students who attended the first ever Jorvorskie Lane Football Camp. The camp was held at Abe Martin Stadium, the same place where Lane was inspired to reach for the stars.

"I was a hard head," Lane said. "I wasn't listening at first. Like I said, Coach Outlaw pulled me aside and said, 'Hey you got a great talent and can be on TV.' As a kid, you have someone tell you, you can be on TV; you listen to stuff like that."

Lane brought in a list of who's who of former NFL and college standouts, including Marcus Hudson, a former defensive back with the San Francisco 49ers. Hudson made sure the children that stopped by his drill were giving nothing less than 100 percent.

"I couldn't even put a price on it," Hudson said. "The best thing I could say it is priceless. It's an award to give back to somebody and making them a better person."

"Jorvorskie really wants to give back to the kids and make it to the NFL which is the highest level of the game," East Texas Timber rattlers running back Thomas Williams said. "Hopefully one day we can see one of these kids at this camp on TV making the big money contract."

Lane said the camp is about more than football. Lane hopes this teaches kids the importance of school and right decisions.

"You know next year, now we can say, 'Let me see your report card and good grades get you into the camp,'" Lane said. "It's all about setting up the future for the kids."

During the camp, Lane received a key to the city from Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown and it was declared that July 25 would be known as Jorvorskie Lane Day.

"To give open arms to me like that, that is something special," Lane said. "For me coming from the north side of Lufkin, coming from parents that had me at the age of 15 and being raised with my grandparents and for me with my grandmother still living to get to see me accomplish stuff like that, and my kids were ,and my wife was here; it's a real big accomplishment."

Lane spent his high school years playing under Outlaw before moving to College Station and trading his purple for maroon where he set the school record for career rushing touchdowns with 49. He left Texas A&M University and joined the West Texas Roughnecks of the Indoor Football League and then the Orlando predators of the Arena Football League. Lane's career hit the top of the mountain when he signed with the Miami Dolphins in 2012. He is currently trying to come back from the Injured Reserve list with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Lane said he plans on making this camp an annual event.

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