Langford added: "Gotta mention the Man Upstairs, because without Him, none of this is possible.". - Nick Vandeloecht may be reached at nvandeloecht@progress-index.com, 804-722-5151 or @NickVanDelPI on Twitter. "A lot of people just think: just because you're from the City of Petersburg, you've got this label where you can't do nothing but...get in trouble...we just defeat the odds. Marsalis has won at least nine Grammy Awards, and his Blood on the Fields was the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. They were back in the place that set the foundation for the men they would become. Digital access or digital and print delivery. Langford would become a Dolphin himself, drafted by Miami in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Spain was a member of a state runner-up Crimson Wave team during his time under Lawson's tutelage. Choose the plan that’s right for you. The one-year deal signed by Spain is worth $2.05 million. What’s the best way to ring in the new year and celebrate a playoff berth?Proposing to the love of your life. The Progress-Index ~ 15 Franklin Street, Petersburg, VA 23803 ~ Do Not Sell My Personal Information ~ Cookie Policy ~ Do Not Sell My Personal Information ~ Privacy Policy ~ Terms Of Service ~ Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. "I can remember him going into his senior year, we always went to team camp. All rights reserved. Tennessee Titans guard Quinton Spain talks to reporters after Saturday's game against Tampa Bay. While the players on the field may have been showing off for each other, Spain, though, said the camp was just meant to be fun. You can find @quinton_spain on Twitter under the name "Mr. Undrafted," as he was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent. "It's definitely good for the city," Lawson said. "It's a huge deal. You can bet New Year's Eve 2017 will be a day that Titans left guard Quinton Spain will not soon forget. "I'll never forget where I came from.". The Buffalo Bills added their sixth veteran offensive lineman via free agency last week, adding Quinton Spain. Last season, he started in all 15 games he played in. "I've had some great people around me ...to put me in the position I'm in today, learn how to be a man and just the life lessons," Langford said. "Come to find out he was going because he wanted to eat -- when we go to team camp, we get fed pretty good," Lawson said with a laugh. A 2010 Petersburg graduate, Spain has gone on to build a four-year career as an offensive lineman in the NFL, despite going undrafted out of West Virginia in 2015. Spain is a mountain of a man at 6-foot-4, 300 pounds, and was unmistakable in the middle of the field, watching over a sea of effervescent children, playing the game that has given him so much. They were back in the library, and again in the William W. Lawson Jr. Gymnasium. They were honored not just for their professional feats, but for representing Petersburg as positive role models. "When I was growing up, I would look for camps like this, and nobody ever came back to my hometown to do something like this," Spain, 27, said of why he holds the camp, which is free to participants. The 6-foot-4, 330-pound Spain spent the … All rights reserved. We try our best to represent Petersburg well by keeping our nose clean and being class citizens. In the center of the field was the man responsible, Spain. "We had to work hard and get where we're at," Spain said. I'm proud to be from Petersburg. "It's great to come home," he said. Jeff Milby can be reached at jmilby@progress-index.com or 804-722-5151. "We rep Petersburg strongly, we hold it close to our hearts," Langford said. Choose the plan that’s right for you. Earlier in the afternoon, evening Spain did his part in helping the Titans beat the Jaguars 15-10 and end their playoff drought. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. At West Virginia University, Spain twice earned All-Big 12 honors and in 2014 was named to the All-Big 12 First Team by ESPN.com, as well as to the All-Big 12 Second Team by the Associated Press. Both players have given back to the City of Petersburg. In the gym, they watched as their high school jerseys were retired. In the library, they received keys to the city from Petersburg Mayor Sam Parham. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. His goals for his new squad, though, were simple. Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license, except where noted. By glitch99 Apr 9, 2019, 10:30am EDT / new. On a warm, sunny day, dozens of bright-eyed, football hopefuls made sprinting catches, tip-toeing the sideline, and tight-spiral throws. The kids participating in the camp were making plays themselves, with the older kids taking part in passing drills on one end of the field. He's played in 50 games, all for the Tennessee Titans. Spain was also a member of Petersburg High School’s 2009-10 AAA state runner-up basketball team. Petersburg grad turned NFL pro holds free camp for fourth-year running. When asked to share some fond memories of Spain's time in a Crimson Wave uniform, both he and Lawson actually recalled his time on the hardwood instead of the gridiron. Petersburg athletic director Bill Lawson III says that Spain is an inspiration for kids in Petersburg. Wynton Learson Marsalis (born October 18, 1961) is an American trumpeter, composer, teacher, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.He has promoted classical and jazz music, often to young audiences. The six-foot-four, 300-pound offensive guard completed his third season with the Titans, who finished the regular season on a 9-7 record and reached the NFL Divisional Round after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 22-21. "I just want to give back and give advice to kids.". "It's a blessing that we made it to the League and [can] show the kids what it takes to get there. He played college football at Hampton University and became the school's first defensive lineman to earn First Team All-Conference (MEAC) honors three seasons in a row since former Dolphins defensive tackle Ike Readon did so from 1983 to 1985. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. "(I'm looking forward to) being healthy and just trying to make plays," Spain said. Spain in high school was named Petersburg High School Team MVP in 2008, All-Top Gun High School Offensive Lineman in 2009 and U.S. Army All-American in 2010. But now, he's focused on a new challenge, with a new team -- the Buffalo Bills. "When I was growing up, I would look for camps like this, and nobody ever came back to my hometown to do something like this," Spain, 27, said of why he holds the camp, which is free to participants. ?? Bills get a great deal for the four-year starter. Langford has also played for the St. Louis Rams and the Indianapolis Colts. "It's good for him as a person, doing something, giving back.". © Gannett Co., Inc. 2020. After the game, Spain celebrated New Year's Eve by proposing to his girlfriend. PETERSBURG - The coaches, the mentors, the people who knew them from their high school days and kept up with their journeys through the years - they were on-hand to see the two NFL players come home.

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