If Tim Weah happened to be a point guard in the NBA or a wide receiver in the NFL, most sports enthusiasts would know A) who he is and B) that he is from New York. Weah (pronounced wee-uh) is probably known more around the world than in his home Empire State. That's okay. The native of Queens is busy rallying his Team USA to defeat Iran in the World Cup on Tuesday afternoon in Qatar.
After spending over a decade at the University at Albany, while hosting the New York Giants summer training camp, I fully realized the importance of the fan connection during time this crucial practice time. NFL training camps are often very inexpensive, if not free, to attend for most teams. Fans wait for hours in sometimes brutal heat to meet their favorite players and 99.9% of the time, the fan favorites deliver for their faithful fanatics, spending hours taking pictures and signing autographs throughout camp. That bond goes a long way for players and NFL organizations.