Rodney Adams to leap for a cause at combine
Unlike the dozens of other participants who convene in Indianapolis later this month for the NFL Scouting Combine, Rodney Adams won't merely be attempting to make an impression.
He hopes to make an impact.
Adams, who lost his mother in an automobile accident in November 2013, will use his combine performance to raise money to assist children who have lost a parent or primary caregiver.
Adams is accepting online pledges for each inch he jumps in the vertical leap at the combine. Proceeds will benefit Experience Camps, a series of one-week camps for grieving kids.
"It's a place where kids can laugh, cry, play, create, remember the person who died, or forget the grief that weighs them down," Adams wrote in his fundraising announcement.
"It's a place where they can feel 'normal,' because everyone there has been through something similar and understands what it's like to lose someone important to them."
Adams' vertical leap should easily exceed 30 inches. A former Lakewood High star, he tied USF's single-season record for catches (62) and matched his own season mark for receiving yards (822) in 2016, and finished his career with 16 touchdown catches (one off the school mark).
He was selected to participate in last month's East-West Shrine Game, but sat out to rehab the ankle he injured in the Birmingham Bowl.