Peyton Manning Headlines Colonial All-Pro Football Camp Day One

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Peyton Manning gets a high five from a young camper. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

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The 22nd annual Colonial All-Pro Football Camp, the College of William & Mary's annual summer youth football camp,  kicked off Sunday evening on the field of Zable Stadium.

Headlining the opening day of camp was Peyton Manning, the quarterback for the Denver Broncos.

Manning, a Super Bowl winner and five-time NFL MVP, spent roughly an hour-and-a-half throwing passes and teaching proper quarterbacking techniques to campers ranging from 8 to 17 years old.

After the camp, Manning spoke about the tradition of the Colonial All-Pro Football Camp and giving back to the community.

"This football camp has been around for a long time. They've had a lot of pro football players that have been here to represent Nike. I'm proud to add to that list," Manning said. "I have a great appreciation for high school kids and camps, and obviously the staff here does a great job. I'm really proud to be here this year."

Manning spent 45 minutes throwing footballs to younger campers, who were practicing in Zable Stadium.

After he threw to each group of younger players, Manning moved across to the practice fields adjacent to the Laycock Center to throw more intricate routes to older campers.

After the camp, Manning spoke about how much he enjoyed participating in youth camps, which serve as reminders of what football is all about – a genuine love for the game.

"These kids – it's hot and you don't hear any complaints out of these kids – they truly love football for the right reasons," he said. "I love being around these young kids, and it's a good reminder of what it's all about. It's a fun game. You're supposed to have a passion for it, and I still have a passion for it going into my 18th season."

The Colonial All-Pro Football Camp will resume 9 a.m. Monday with an appearance from New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. On Monday afternoon, Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly will be making an appearance at the camp.

Peyton Manning Headlines Colonial All-Pro Football Camp Day One