Fans can write to NFL players during camp

The free time spent by NFL players during summer training camp is usually reserved for taking naps or continually studying the playbook, but some players like to find other activities to get away from everything. One of those things to do would be to answer their fan mail that is sent to them during camp.

Even though NFL training camps are much shorter than baseball’s spring training, it is still possible to write a letter to them during camp. Be sure to send out the letter soon since most teams break camp somewhere around the middle of August. Some teams train at their team headquarters, so sending out a request soon is not as important as it is for the teams that practice away from their complex.

Listed below are the addresses for each team’s training camp where they will practice and train until mid-August. Be sure to address the envelope with the player’s name and team name so it can get to the requested person.

Arizona Cardinals, Northern Arizona University, S. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Atlanta Falcons, 4400 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, GA 30542
Baltimore Ravens, McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157
Buffalo Bills, St. John Fisher College, 3690 E. Ave., Rochester, NY 14618
Carolina Panthers, Wofford College, 429 N. Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29303
Chicago Bears, Olivet Nazarene University, One University Ave., Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Cincinnati Bengals, Georgetown College, 400 E. College St., Georgetown, KY 40324 Cleveland Browns, 76 Lou Groza Blvd., Berea, OH 44017
Dallas Cowboys, Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio, TX 78203
Denver Broncos, Paul Bowlen Memorial Centre, 13655 Broncos Pkwy, Englewood, CO 80112
Detroit Lions, 222 Republic Dr., Allen Park, MI 48101-3650
Green Bay Packers, 1265 Lombardi Ave, Green Bay, WI 54304
Houston Texans, 711 Louisiana St. #3300, Houston, TX 77002-2716
Indianapolis Colts, Rose-Hulman Institute, 5500 Wabasha Ave., Terre Haute, IN 47803
Jacksonville Jaguars, One Alltel Stadium Place, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Kansas City Chiefs, University of Wisconsin River Falls, 410 S. Third St., River Falls, WI 54022
Miami Dolphins, 7500 S.W. 30th St., Davie, FL 33329
Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota State University, 228 Wiecking Center, Mankato, MN 56001-6062
New England Patriots, One Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA 02035 New Orleans Saints, Millsaps College, 1701 N. State Street, Jackson, MS 39210
New York Giants, P.O. Box 15143, Albany, NY 12222 New York Jets, Hofstra University, 147 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549
Oakland Raiders, Napa Valley Marriott, 3425 Solano Ave., Napa, CA 94558
Philadelphia Eagles, Lehigh University, 27 Memorial Dr. W., Bethlehem, PA 18015
Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe, PA 15650
St. Louis Rams, One Rams Way, St. Louis, MO 63044
San Diego Chargers, 4020 Murphy Canyon Rd., San Diego, CA 92123
San Francisco 49ers, 4949 Centennial Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95054
Seattle Seahawks, 11220 N.E. 53rd St., Kirkland, WA 98033
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Disney’s Wide World of Sports, P.O. Box 10000, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Tennessee Titans, Baptist Sports Park, 460 Great Circle Rd., Nashville, TN 37228
Washington Redskins, 21300 Redskin Park Dr., Ashburn, VA 20147 •

Brewers signers: We are still months away from the Major League Baseball playoffs, but one surprising team that hopes to be playing in October are the Milwaukee Brewers. Not many of the experts predicted a playoff appearance by the Brewers, but the young, exciting team has been one of baseball’s top stories this season.

Milwaukee has been leading the National League Central all season with its young roster of stars that are quickly becoming household names. Prince Fielder, who has followed in his father’s footsteps and has become a feared home run hitter, is the biggest name star on the Brewers. Fielder could lead the majors in home runs and he is just 23 years old and only in his second season in the big leagues.

Thankfully, his early age success has not gone straight to his head, because the rising star was a great signer when the Brewers came to Minneapolis in late June for an interleague series with the Twins. Fielder was signing whenever he was asked and was one of the best signers on the team. J.J. Hardy is another reason for Milwaukee’s team success so far this season. Hardy has come out of nowhere to be a major run-producing machine for the Brewers and is not far behind Fielder in the home run race. The shortstop was also very gracious with the Sharpie at both the team hotel and the stadium before games.

One difficult signer with the Brewers organization who does not compete on the field each night is broadcaster Bob Uecker. The Hall-of-Fame broadcaster, who is in his 37th season calling baseball games, can be very grumpy with collectors. He will not sign at the team hotel and getting him to sign at the stadium can be a very difficult task.

Besides Uecker, most of the Brewers were very open to signing, including young prospect Ryan Braun and longtime Brewer Geoff Jenkins. The other good signers included Dave Bush, Chris Capuano, bullpen coach Bill Castro, Francisco Cordero, Craig Counsell, Johnny Estrada, Tony Graffanino, Gabe Gross, pitching coach Mike Maddux, Damian Miller, Brian Shouse, Chris Spurling, Jeff Suppan, bench coach Dale Sveum, Derrick Turnbrow, Matt Wise and manager Ned Yost.

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