Hurricanes Paradise Camp features former Miami greats

Stars of past return to Coral Gables

NFL Hall of Famer and former Canes wide receiver Michael Irvin participated at Paradise Camp Saturday at the University of Miami.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The atmosphere at the inaugural Paradise Camp at the University of Miami was electric.

Former Hurricanes greats like Michael Irvin, Ray Lewis, Warren Sapp, Jeremy Shockey and more reunited on the Greentree Practice Fields to help new coach Mark Richt host his inaugural camp for high school kids.

When asked if he felt that the swagger was returning to the program, Irvin replied, "When you start seeing things like this (camp), yeah."

Irvin was excited to help spread some of that old Miami swagger to a younger generation who could one day be recruits for the 'Canes.

"Kids are getting instructions from Ray Lewis and guys like that," Irvin said. "You start building that bond and understanding and holding a commitment one man to another, one generation to another."

Richt said the former 'Canes and NFL Hall of Fame players like Irvin and Sapp attended the camp on their own dime and out of love for their alma mater.

Some of the former stars helped coach the young kids, and others attended as special speakers.

The former 'Canes stars were a big hit with the high school kids. Richt saw it in their faces.

"There's a lot of eyes bugging out on these young men," Richt said. "They're a little star struck."