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Sammy Morris gearing up for new season by giving back

07.08.10 at 12:50 pm ET

Sammy Morris is going camping.

The veteran running back, who is preparing for his fourth season with the Patriots, will be running the second stage of his annual football camp at Army Field in Foxboro from July 15 through the 17. (For more information, check out

Morris, who grew up in San Antonio, said he always wished there was a football camp he could have attended as a young football player.

‘€œThere was never an NFL team or player in the area when I was growing up,’€ he said on a Thursday morning conference call. ‘€œLooking back, I wish there was something else I could have done to improve my skills early on. There’€™s always room to improve and people you can learn from. I wanted to do that in areas that are special to me.’€

That led him to create a dual camp ‘€” the first series was held in June in Lubbock, Texas (home of Texas Tech, his alma mater). The New England portion is set for next weekend. He runs the camp with good friend and former Texas Tech teammate Devin Lemons, a former NFL linebacker who is now coaching high school football.

‘€œIt’€™s a passion of ours. It’€™s big in Lubbock for us, and this [New England] area is special to me,’€ said Morris.

Morris, who has expressed an interest in entering Dallas Theological Seminary to work as a counselor when his playing days are done, said he could also see the camps as a springboard into a nice post-playing career.

‘€œI think so,’€ he said. ‘€œI’€™ve always had the desire to coach high school and potentially college football. We’€™ll see how that goes. Yeah, definitely I can see it in some form or fashion. I don’€™t know if it’€™s as a coach or if I help put on clinics and camps and that stuff, [but] it’€™ll definitely be on my radar for my post-career goals.’€

Not that he’€™s thinking of retiring, however. The 33-year-old, who gained 319 yards on 73 carries in 12 games last season, was working in the Gillette Stadium facility at 10:45 Wednesday night, getting his work in as part of preparing for his 11th training camp as a professional football player.

‘€œWhen I first got in the league, I said, ‘€˜If I played 10 years, that would be the best possible scenario.’€™ Now that I’€™ve past that, I don’€™t look at it like, ‘€˜I want to play until Year 13 or whatever,’€™’€ he said. ‘€œEach year is its’€™ own entity.

‘€œAs long as I still feel good and as long as the team will still have me, I’€™m playing as long as I can. I feel as good going into this training camp, this upcoming training camp, as I felt going into any other.’€

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