By a) Mike Stone

The Oakland Raiders may have a reputation for being mean bad guys, so it may come as a surprise that one of their offensive lineman is making a difference here in Southeastern Michigan.

Raiders tackle Jared Veldheer, who played his college ball at Hillsdale is hosting  “Respect The Game,” a one evening football football camp held at Our Lady of Refuge School in Orchard Lake.

Veldheer will instruct and speak to the kids about his football experiences both on and off the field. The registration fee is $50 ,with all donations helping our friends at Beaumont Hospital raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Veldheer is entering his third year with the Raiders and told me he is looking forward to the new season with their new coach Dennis Allen. He did not look back at last years game with the Lions fondly, in which the Lions came back from 13 down in the last 5 minutes to beat the Raiders 28-27.

As an offensive lineman he had to go against the Lions defensive line, which he said was very good, thanks to Corey Williams, “Williams is really underrated. He had a great pocket push which freed up Avril and VandenBosch to go after Carson Palmer.”

Listen to the interview:

To register for the “Respect The Game” camp contact Debra Wells at (248) 867- 7330 or though email at


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