ABOUT SUMMER CAMP: Terrace Marshall’s career, camp undeniably Meant 2 Be

BRINGING JOY:  Terrace Marshall Jr., the former Parkway and LSU star now in the NFL, makes it a priority to impact local youth, most recently at his first Meant 2 Be Camp last Saturday. 

By JERRY BYRD JR., Journal Sports

Carolina Panther wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. returned to Preston Crownover Stadium last weekend. And, like the name of the camp, it was “Meant to Be.”

The inaugural Meant 2 Be Terrace Marshall Jr. Football Camp was held last Saturday morning. It was more than a little different than Friday nights in the fall on the same piece of acreage where Marshall made a name for himself as one of the top wide receiver prospects in the country.

During Parkway’s 2016 season, Marshall caught 55 passes for 1,250 yards including 15 touchdowns. Those numbers helped him to a unanimous ranking as the No. 1 prospect in Louisiana. Scout.com analysts had Marshall listed as the No. 2 wide receiver in the country.

Even during his time at Parkway – before going to Baton Rouge and helping the LSU Tigers to the 2019 national championship – Marshall and his family knew that he was “meant to be.”

Marshall, who is the nephew of the late, legendary Haughton, NSU and NFL great Joe Delaney, has proudly embraced his uncle’s legacy – which includes soft-spoken servant-leadership, especially spreading joy working with kids.

“It’s just a blessing to be out here and give back to my hometown and see all of these familiar faces out here supporting me,” Marshall said. “I’m just blessed to be in this position.”

The position Marshall was in during the 2021 NFL Draft was the No. 59 pick in round two by the Carolina Panthers. Now, Marshall looks to build off a rookie season which saw him pull in 17 passes for 138 yards.

He did learn some lessons during his first season in the NFL.

“One of the biggest things I learned is that you control what you can control,” Marshall said. “Make sure you are doing all of the little things right, treat people right, all of the other things will fall into place.”

Marshall certainly treated the young people in the community right. The camp was free for ages 6-18, and he sent the youths home with T-shirts, arm bands, caps, and autographs. There was a party theme as the camp had a DJ playing music during the event and food trucks were lined up just outside the stadium fence. 

The football camp was not the first event Marshall has hosted in the community. Last June, Marshall hosted the Terrace Marshall Jr. Community Day at Joe Delaney Memorial Park in Haughton. The event was a meet and greet event with food and prizes.

“It’s important,” Marshall said. “I’m not only doing it for me. I’m doing it for everyone around me. I’m doing it for everybody in my community, my little cousins. I’ve got to make an impact.” 

Marshall wasn’t the only NFL player at Preston Crownover Stadium. He was joined by Dallas Cowboy offensive lineman Ty Nsekhe, who has been in the league for eight years. 

Nsekhe enjoyed the opportunity to get out and have fun with the campers.

“It’s always good to get out here and give back,” Nsekhe said. “It’s a beautiful thing to see them out here having a great time. Coming up as a youth and seeing the guys on TV, and then actually seeing them (NFL players) in real life, it does wonders for you. It gives you aspirations to get to where they’re at.”

The Shreveport-Bossier Journal will be featuring camps of all shapes and sizes during the summer. These stories from camp will run on Wednesdays. If you have a story from camp …,

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Photo by JERRY BYRD JR.