The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 27, 2014

Buffalo’s Legursky to bring his elite lineman camp to Beckley Wednesday

BECKLEY — Current Buffalo Bill and Beckley native Doug Legursky has something to say to those who don’t think lineman is an attractive position.

“I think we’re the sexiest position on the field. I don’t know what stats you’re looking at,” the Woodrow Wilson hall of famer said. “I’ve been told we’re pretty sexy. We’re definitely going to be picked last in pick-up football, but without us, a lot of the guys who look pretty out there can’t get the job done.”

Legursky knows all about getting the job done.

The 2004 Woodrow Wilson graduate went on to have a successful college career at Marshall University, before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2008. Legursky made the team, through hard work and dedication,  and became a Super Bowl champion in 2009. Just a few years later, Legursky found himself starting at center for the Steelers in a losing effort to the Green Bay Packers.

Now, as a member of the Buffalo Bills, Legursky — along with fellow former Thundering Herd and Woodrow Wilson hall of famer Matt Morris — are hoping to give a little bit of that wisdom to the next generation of lineman.

The Doug Legursky Elite Linemen Camp will take place at Morris’ Elite Sports Training, on the campus of University of Charleston-Beckley. The camp will begin Wednesday, July 2, for offensive and defensive linemen from grades 8-12.

“It’s a chance for us to get in there and work with the guys in the trenches and teach our skills,” Legursky said. “There’s a coaches clinic as well, and a lot of strength and conditioning.”

The cost for the camp is $175 for daytime campers and $440 for overnight campers.

The coaches clinic is $75, and will assist coaches in learning the training and practice techniques Legursky has honed over his career, dating back to his days as a Flying Eagle.

“There’s always going to be change within football, from season to season,” he said. “All the experiences that I’ve been through have prepared me for it. Everything we went through in high school, I feel like I can draw on that. Even in the NFL and college, I draw from the experiences I had playing on that field (in high school.)”

Legursky just wrapped up mini-camp with the Bills, and was enjoying a little bit of a time off in his hometown. He emphasized little.

“We’re reporting to camp a week early because we’re in the Hall of Fame Game,” he said. “We’re excited to get started and get a good season under our belt.”

The Bills will take on the New York Giants inside cozy Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. NFL greats Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan and Aeneas Williams will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame that weekend.

It’s an experience Legursky is sure to remember.

“Most of the guys (on the Bills) say it’s a pretty interesting experience,” he said. “We have to report and have an extra preseason game.  I’ve never personally played in it, but a lot of guys who have said it’s fun to go and not only see the hall of fame, but get that whole experience. I suggest anyone who hasn’t been to the Hall of Fame to take the time to go up there and see the history of football.”

For more information on Legursky’s camp, visit

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