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Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden picked up tips from some of the best in the business

The Cowboys signal caller threw footballs with the Mannings, and was watched by other former coaches and quarterbacks
by John Helsley Modified: July 31, 2011 at 10:41 pm •  Published: July 31, 2011

Leery of soaring temperatures, Brandon Weeden didn't play “enough” golf this summer.

“Too dang hot,” the Cowboys quarterback said.

Still, if Weeden was enrolled in a writing class at OSU, which would not be that quirky compared to his well-earned graduate study courses (bowling, first aid, geography of sport and, yes, golf), he could pen a pretty good tale on “What I did on my summer vacation.”

Weeden threw footballs… with the Mannings, as in Peyton and Eli. And under the watchful eyes of Jon Gruden and Trent Dilfer.

The reigning All-Big 12 quarterback worked as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana, as well as the Elite 11 camp in California. And before you start worrying about Weeden wearing himself out on his summer break, the latter camp was in Malibu, on the campus of Pepperdine University.

“Great experience,” Weeden said. And he wasn't at all referring to the beach or the scenery.

Weeden found himself helping, yes, but also being helped.

“I was a sponge,” he said. “I really enjoyed that a lot, being able to pick brains and be around people like Peyton and Eli, who are just about as good as it gets in the NFL.”

At the Manning camp in Thibodaux, La., Weeden was one of 35 college quarterbacks working with high school players. There was time, too, to chat with the Mannings and get an early feel for Gruden, whose “QB Camp” analysis of the top NFL draft prospects on ESPN has become a major hit.

“He was a lot of fun,” Weeden said of Gruden. “Great guy. Very intense.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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