NEWARK, Del. -- Mike Adams, a
nine-year National Football League veteran and the heart and soul of the
2003 University of Delaware's national championship football team, will
return to campus Monday, July 8 to hold a free
skills clinic for area youth.
Adams, who will begin his second
season as a starting safety for the AFC champion Denver Broncos this
fall, will speak with youngsters and take part in skill session and
football drills from 9 a.m. until 12 noon at Delaware
The event is free and open to all
youth who will be enrolled in grades 3 through 8 this fall. Each
attendee will receive a free autographed photo of Adams. All those who
wish to attend must first register online at www.udel.edu/fbyouthclinic.
Adams, a native of Paterson, N.J.,
earned his degree in human services, education and public policy from
Delaware in 2004. He has returned to his alma mater numerous times since
heading to the NFL, including an April, 2012
visit where he spoke to UD student and staff in a symposium entitled
"Reaching Back, While Moving Forward". Adams told the audience how he
was able to parlay his skills on the football field into a better life.
He continues to dedicate his time
and money to help the less fortunate. In addition to supporting
charities through the NFL, he started a foundation called Rising Stars
with his childhood friend Gerald Hayes, linebacker
for the Arizona Cardinals.
Adams started all 16 games at
strong safety for the Broncos in 2012 when he registered 80 tackles,
forced two fumbles, and broke up 10 passes for a team that posted a
record of 13-3 and advanced to the second round of the
AFC playoffs before falling to the Super Bowl champion Baltimore
Ravens. That Ravens team included former Delaware All-Americans Joe
Flacco and Gino Gradkowski.
Prior to joining the Broncos, Adams
played three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers in 2004-06 and five
seasons with the Cleveland Browns in 2007-11. He has appeared in 130
career games and recorded 478 tackles, 12 interceptions,
and 42 pass breakups.
A four-year standout while at Blue
Hen, Adams played in 1999-2003 and served as team captain for the 2003
squad that went 15-1 and captured the NCAA I-AA national championship
with a 40-0 win over Colgate in the title game.
He earned All-Atlantic 10 honors as a senior when he recorded 70
tackles and four interceptions and spearheaded one of the nation's most
respected defensive units.