UCLA Football Training Camp

Cal State

The UCLA Bruins held football training camp on the campus of Cal State San Bernardino. The Bruins have had at least one week of camp in San Bernardino after Jim Mora took over the head coaching duties. I had never attended since the temperature always hits triple digits this time of year.

This year I did attend two practices and it was a good experience. The practices lasted at least a few hours long and were very entertaining.

After practice, the Bruins would make their way back to the locker room. Along the way they would take posed photos and sign autographs for all fans that asked. Below are a few of the Bruins that I met.

Defensive back turned wide receiver Ishmael Adams.
Ishmael Adams

Quarterback Josh Rosen who recently made the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen SI

Meeting Matt Ware

M.Ware Former NFL safety Matt Ware made an appearance at the Optometry Practice of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu. This wasn’t his first visit to the practice, he’s been a long time patient of Dr. Liu’s. During the visit Matt had his eyes checked followed by an autograph signing for staff and fans.

Matt is a local kid who played his college ball at UCLA and went on to play seven seasons in the NFL. He is currently playing for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League.

M.Ware photo

Facts about Matt

  • Full name is Matthew Jesse Ware.
  • Was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2004 NFL Draft.
  • 2x NFC champion. 
  • 2010 Ed Block Courage Award.

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Meeting Eric Dickerson

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NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson made a trip to the Optometry Practice of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu for his annual eye exam. Just as last year, Dr. Liu invited me to meet the NFL legend.

Eric enjoyed his visit at the practice and hung out with us after the exam.

Dr. Liu gave me a jersey to get signed.
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Dickerson jersey

Facts about Eric

  • Full name is Eric Demetric Dickerson.
  • Was drafted in the 1st round of the 1983 NFL Draft.
  • 6x Pro Bowl selection.
  • Inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1999.
  • Holds the NFL single season rushing record with 2,105 yards.

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Andre Reed Autograph Signing

Andre Reed1 Andre Reed made a rare Southern California appearance at the Optometry Practice of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu. The Buffalo Bills great was scheduled for a one hour meet and greet with all fans in attendance.

The autograph pricing was very reasonable and Andre even included his Hall of Fame inscription at no additional charge.

To my surprise, many Bills fans were in attendance. I didn’t even know there were any Bills fans in Southern California. 

Andre Reed

My autographed jersey, football and photo.
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Andre Reed Jersey
Andre Reed Football
Andre Reed photo

Facts about Andre

  • Full name is Andre Darnell Reed.
  • Drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 4th round of the 1985 NFL draft.
  • Played 16 seasons in the NFL.
  • 7x Pro Bowl selection.
  • Ranks tenth in NFL history with 951 career receptions.
  • Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame.
  • NFL Hall of Fame class of 2014.

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Andre received the ultimate honor by being inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.

Eric Dickerson Private Signing

Optometry

I made a small business trip to Rowland Heights to drop off some packages that I owed Dr. Liu. Before heading out, Dr. Liu informed me that he was expecting a special client whom he had recently given an eye exam. I obviously wanted to stick around and see who it was.

The special client turned out to be NFL Hall of Famer, Eric Dickerson. Eric arrived with his girlfriend to pick up eye wear and mingled with the entire staff for about an hour. Before Eric left the office he signed some items for Dr. Liu’s staff and valued patients in the back room.

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Here’s the “throwback” item that Eric signed.
Dickerson goggles

Dr. Liu was nice enough to give me these items for myself.
Dickerson ball
Dickerson mini

Facts about Eric

  • Full name is Eric Demetric Dickerson.
  • Attended Southern Methodist University.
  • Drafted in the 1st round of the 1983 NFL Draft.
  • Holds the NFL single season rushing record with 2,105 yards.
  • 6x Pro Bowl selection.
  • Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

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