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Julian Edelman hosts youth football camp for military families

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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman leaves the field after a NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. (Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini)

Julian Edelman has been traveling quite a bit. From flying across the pond to catch Arsenal in action to hitting New York to see some of the latest styles at Fashion Week. It's no wonder the wide receiver needed to head home to California to spend some time with family.

In between his ocean viewing and working out, the wide receiver headed up to Travis Air Force Base, located in the Fairfield, Calif., and hosted a youth football camp for roughly 200 military kids. The clinic was part of a series run by ProCamps, which hosts a number of camps with professional athletes from different sports.

During a break at the event, a reporter with The Daily Republic, a Fairfield newspaper, asked Julian what advice he had for the children who shift from town to town.

"Stay in the present," he said. "Work your tail off."

He encouraged them to explore what they are good at and to be persistent when going after their goals. With that formula, Julian said that they would be able to find success.

Many of the kids were excited to meet Julian, and one fan, Ashlee Lombardi, donned her number 11 jersey to show her appreciation of the wide receiver. Ashlee just missed the opportunity to see Julian at a Super Bowl event in February because the venue was out of wristbands.

Julian showed his gratitude to the families by thanking them for attending the event.

"You guys," he told them, "are the real patriots."

Check out the full article from the Daily Republic here.

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