Luke Coaches Pop Warner Football Team To Championship

This past Saturday

(Dec. 10th), Luther "Luke" Campbell’s Pop Warner football team brought

home the Jr. Midget Division I Championship.

Luke’s Liberty

City Warriors defeated the Cedar Crest Comets from San Antonio in the 2005 Pop

Warner Super Bowl.

This was the second

time Campbell’s team has reached the finals and their first time taking home

the title.

Campbell founded

the team 16 years ago, finding it the perfect opportunity to give back to the

league that he once played in.

"When I was

a kid they used to bus us to Miami Beach to play football," Campbell said.

"I always said that when I made some money, I wanted to start a program

right in my own community where kids could play organized football and experience

the game the way it was meant to be taught."

The annual Pop

Warner Super Bowl brings together the top teams from four age/weight divisions:

Jr. Pee Wee, Pee Wee, Jr. Midget and Midget.

Several NFL players

are graduates of the Pop Warner league, including Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver

Chad Johnson and Antonio Bryant from the Cleveland Browns.

But as Uncle Luke

says, it’s not even about becoming an NFL star.

"For these

kids, it’s not even about whether they want to go on to play professional football.

It’s about them being able to experience the good life of organized football

and to be part of something in their own community."

Luke is also looking

into bringing together other celebrity-coached teams for a showcase game in

January.

"People have

been asking when my team is gonna play Snoop’s team. Well, we’ll have that answer

for them next month," he said.

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