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Life out of the limelight

The National Football League is like a fraternity once you become a member, you're in it for life.

It also allows you to do some good for the community.

Several dozen former NFL players were in the region Sunday and Monday to participate in a series of fund raisers organized by the Capital District chapter of the NFL Alumni Association, including Pro Football Hall of Famers Deacon Jones, Larry Little, Lenny Moore and Jack Youngblood.

The good part of that is we're able to get together and use what we've done in the past as a tool to try and help kids today," said Youngblood. "Any time you can do something for a child that's in need of something " whatever it is " I think we have an obligation to do that."

The players began their tour Sunday with their annual trip to Saratoga Race Course, where they signed autographs for a $5 fee that benefited the Southern Rensselaer County Boys and Girls Club. Then on Monday, the players teed it up at Shaker Ridge Country Club in Colonie for their annual fund raiser for the Center for Disability Services.

"I think we have a special tournament because what we have is we have an opportunity for these players to come together for two or three days, have camaraderie, talk about the past and have some great memories. That's what gets them coming back," said local NFL Alumni chapter president and former Indianapolis Colt Tim Sherwin.

Past NFL Alumni fund raising efforts have been well supported locally. More than $500,000 has been raised in the 12-year history of the golf tournament and other charity activities.

"The thing is there's that saying it takes a village to raise a child," said Sherwin, a Watervliet native. "The same thing with a successful (golf) tournament " you need a community behind you. They've done such a great job here coming together and supporting this idea."

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