Pugh wasn’t always a football star. He didn’t start playing football until he was in the seventh grade. His high school, Council Rock South High, didn’t even have a football field—his team played their home games at Council Rock North. Between the late start to his young career and unorthodox playing conditions, Pugh had to work hard to achieve his goals.
“Five percent of my success is natural talent, and 95 percent is hard work,” Pugh said.
He always tried to identify certain aspects of the professional football players that he wanted to emulate. Pugh would then try to incorporate these aspects into his game to make himself a more complete player. After a successful high school football career, he committed to Syracuse University. With the Orange, Pugh was named first-team All-Big East twice and earned the title of co-captain as a senior. Yet even with all the accolades, Pugh said his favorite parts about playing at Syracuse were the people he played with.
At the camp, each age group received instruction from four to five coaches. Pugh was not just there for photos and handshakes. The kids participated in several different drills, competed in a 40-yard dash elimination race called a “smokehouse,” and applied their skills in a series of 7v7 games. Pugh seemed to have a lot of fun playing with the kids. All of them were smiling, laughing, and having fun. One young participant, Cooper, said, “I like the camp because we play football and it’s really fun.”
Pugh and the other coaches said the purpose of the camp is not only to teach football, but also to teach kids how to chase dreams and live a healthy lifestyle. As Pugh told the campers, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”