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Another victim of the lockout: youth football camps

Luke McCown, John Matthews

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Luke McCown (12) celebrates after throwing what proved to be the game-winning touchdown pass to John Matthews (17) during the third quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)


It’s hard to find a corner of the football world that hasn’t been affected by the lockout. Youth football camps are even taking the brunt of the decision by owners and players to squabble at a time of unprecedented prosperity.

In Denver, the Mile High Football Camp won’t have player involvement for the first time because of the lockout. Run by the Pagano brothers (John is San Diego’s linebacker coach; Chuck is Baltimore’s defensive coordinator), the camp has previously included players like Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler.

The lockout doesn’t allow for coach-player interaction, though, so this year it’s all coaches.

In East Texas, the annual McCown passing camp completely got the axe.

“Due to the NFL lockout and the instability of a timeline for when work could possible begin, Randy, Josh and Luke came to the decision that it would be impossible to guarantee Josh and Luke’s participation, as well as the guest NFL players that are annually on staff,” the camp said, according to the Jacksonville Daily Progress.

The camp plans to return next year. We’ll assume the lockout is over by then.