More than 70 boys, clad in orange and white T-shirts, summoned their hero by chanting his name. “T.J. Ward. T.J. Ward. T.J. Ward,” they yelled in unison. Ward jogged onto the field Wednesday afternoon at Malone University, gave the group a pep talk and then proceeded to catch, pass and chase for the next couple of hours, albeit with spontaneous breaks for signing autographs and posing for photographs sprinkled in. Although Ward might have cemented his status as an idol in the minds of those who attended his first youth football camp, he isn’t quite ready to praise himself.
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