NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some NFL draft prospects teamed up with current and former players Wednesday to teach students about football.

Third through ninth graders from area schools joined players at Chelsea Waterside Park. The youth football clinic is part of several events being held in New York City during the league’s draft week.

The students spent the day passing, catching and learning how to play football safely.

One 11-year-old boy said he learned how to “stay low, keep your head up.”

Retired Pro-Bowler LaVar Arrington said the program is “challenging the parents, challenging the coaches and the leagues to raise the standards of how we approach the game of football.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Deion Sanders and others were also in attendance.

The 2013 NFL Draft will be held at Radio City Music Hall starting Thursday.


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