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Former University of Delaware Football Star and Current NFL Standout Mike Adams to Conduct Youth Clinic July 8 at Delaware Stadium

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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 Stadium. 

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. 
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