PHOTO GALLERY: Former Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Trai Essex returns to familiar field for camp at former Harding High School

Trai Essex shows off a Super Bowl ring he won with the Pittsburgh Steelers before the Essex/New Haven football camp Sunday at Harding Junior High. (Photo by Reggie Hayes of news-sentinel.com)
Photo by Reggie Hayes of news-sentinel.com
Photo by Reggie Hayes of news-sentinel.com
Photo by Reggie Hayes of news-sentinel.com
Photo by Reggie Hayes of news-sentinel.com
Trai Essex works with a young player at his football camp Sunday at Harding Junior High School. (Photo by Reggie Hayes of news-sentinel.com)
Photo by Reggie Hayes of news-sentinel.com
New Haven High School football coach Jimmy Linn, left, gives instructions to campers at the Trai Essex/New Haven camp Sunday at Harding Junior High. (Photo by Reggie Hayes of news-sentinel.com)
New Haven High School offensive line coach Herman Curry explains blocking technique Sunday at the Trai Essex camp. (Photo by Reggie Hayes of news-sentinel.com)
Photo by Reggie Hayes of news-sentinel.com
Photo by Reggie Hayes of news-sentinel.com
Trai Essex talks with parents during the football camp Sunday at Harding Junior High. (Photo by Reggie Hayes of news-sentinel.com)

Trai Essex brought out his second Super Bowl ring, the one representing the Pittsburgh Steelers’ record sixth championship, to wear at his annual football camp.

It’s a reminder of what’s possible, even for a kid from Fort Wayne, if the work ethic and desire are strong enough.

Essex, who lives in Indianapolis, returned to his old stomping grounds at the former Harding High School (now junior high) for his third annual Trai Essex/New Haven High School football camp.

“I grew up two miles from here, literally,” Essex said Sunday on the first night of the two-night camp. “I was able to accomplish some things, go to Northwestern (University), play in the NFL for a while. For me to come back and be a living example for kids who grew up in similar neighborhoods – for them to see what you can become is important to me.”

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