The NFL Returns To Windsor

Windsor's own Tyrone Crawford, of the Dallas Cowboys annually spearheads Windsor's Finest Football Academy, featuring a star-studded cast from the NFL and CFL.Photo courtesy of Stellick Marketing Communications.

Windsor’s own Tyrone Crawford, of the Dallas Cowboys annually spearheads Windsor’s Finest Football Academy, featuring a star-studded cast from the NFL and CFL.
Photo courtesy of Stellick Marketing Communications.

(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor native and athletic standout from Catholic Central High School, Tyrone Crawford of the Dallas Cowboys will be hosting the 4th annual Windsor’s Finest Football Academy in the St Denis Centre at the University of Windsor on April 8. Hundreds of local youth will benefit from the guidance and experience of Crawford and a large contingent of guest instructors from pro-football.

After competing at Catholic Central, the three-sport athlete, in football, basketball, and track and field, starred at Boise State before being selected by the Cowboys in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He’s now returning to his home town and bringing with him several NFL and CFL greats for the 1-day camp at UWindsor.

“I attended football camps as a kid, so I know how impactful good teachers and coaches can be,” said Crawford. “This camp gives us the opportunity to spread our knowledge of football and show the kids in our home region the basics. This is the community that embraced our dreams to play at the highest level of football.”

The camp is being combined with the National Football League’s Play60, a program designed to increase the activity levels of kids of all ages. The campaign helps to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity.

The NFL Play60 experience is open to the public, is free to attend, and will be a celebration of football. The interactive experience will include inflatable attractions and the opportunity to discover
how to use football as a fun way to stay active for at least 60 minutes each day.

The star-studded event will include Dallas Cowboys players Kyle Wilber, Anthony Hitchens, Tyron Smith, Brice Butler, and Demarcus Lawrence, and Baltimore Ravens’ Brandon Carr. CFL players will include Mike Atkinson, Logan Kilgore and Windsor’s Daryl Townsend as well as Terrance Crawford of the Windsor Lancers.

“Being a mentor means more than just passing along the X’s and O’s of football,” said Crawford. “It also means telling personal stories that show the right way to act off the field. A theme we’ve used in the past is Iron-Sharpens-Iron, which refers to strength as both a player and a person.”

On the field, the Academy will feature a one-day, non-padded camp, arranged by age. Those aged 7 through to 13 will receive instruction from 9:00am until noon, while 14 to 18 year-olds take the field between 12:30pm and 4:30pm.

The camp consists of football, speed and agility fundamentals, and participants will receive one-on-one instruction from the pros.

Registration for the camp is required. The NFL Play60 event is free of charge.

Windsor’s Finest Football Academy’s mission is to impact athletes around our region and implement strong messages about anti-bullying and achieving your dreams.

Why not us? is the theme that we’re using at this year’s camp,” said Crawford. “It’s a phrase that communicates that no matter what adversity you’re up against, if you work hard and stay focused, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.”

Other Essex County football players to make it to the NFL include Jerry Kauric, Ed Philion, Brett Romberg, Luke Willson, and Oshiomogho Atogwe.


About the Author

Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata