Football: Eric Schreiber Jr. receives compliment from Peyton Manning at camp
By Steve T. Gorches 314-3797 or firstname.lastname@example.org August 19, 2013 11:02PM
Updated: September 21, 2013 6:30AM
HAMMOND — When you get a compliment from a future Pro Football Hall of Famer, how can it not give you a ton of confidence going into a season?
So don’t be surprised if Hammond quarterback Eric Schreiber Jr. has that confident look on and off the field as he helps the Wildcats defend their Great Lakes Conference title.
Schreiber attended the well-known Manning Passing Academy in July at Nicholls State University in Louisiana, and one of the two famous namesakes of the camp, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, singled out the Hammond senior.
“Peyton said Eric threw a great ball,” said Eric Schreiber, coach and father of the QB.
This year’s Manning camp is more known for the tardiness and exploits of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, whom Schreiber Jr. got a photo with. But there were more than 1,200 high school athletes there being taught by Peyton and his brother, New York Giants quarterback Eli, as well as 35 Division I QBs, and Schreiber caught the eye of Peyton.
He also attended a camp at Eastern Michigan University in which he was chosen the best QB out of 30 kids.
“I learned a lot going to the camps to pick the QB coaches’ brains,” Schreiber Jr. said.
All that cumulative knowledge could come in handy over the next couple of months after Hammond graduated its most prolific scorer and yardage producer, running back Jesse Woods-Curtis (1,174 yards rushing, 14 TDs). Schreiber Jr., who had 1,044 yards passing and 253 yards rushing last season, will have more of the workload and leadership duties on his shoulders.
“I’m still working on being a leader,” he said. “It doesn’t necessarily come naturally. I’m learning through experiences and not really thinking about it too much.”
Coach Schreiber has plenty of confidence that his QB son will carry over that confidence from Peyton Manning’s compliment to the field, starting with the Wildcats’ first game at East Chicago, which beat Hammond twice last year.
“Yeah, we want to defend our conference title, but beating EC in the first game is the only thing on my mind right now,” said Schreiber Jr., already sounding like one of the Mannings in a press conference.