Rodney Hampton ranks among the New York Giants’ greatest running backs of all-time. That’s why it was sad to see his pro career come to such an abrupt end after just eight seasons at the tender age of 28.
Since that time, Hampton has made good use of his time by creating his non-profit organization Hamp’s Camps. Hamp’s Camps is an after-school program in the Houston area during which the former Giants tailback teaches kids about football and valuable life skills.
Per HampsCamp.com, the group was founded in 2000 as an opportunity for Hampton to work with kids from his old neighborhood of Houston Gardens Subdivision. Its mission, as defined on the website, is “to help kids from 3rd – 12th grades realize their athletic potential through performance training. Hamp’s Camp aims to foster skills that help build character and develop life skills such as discipline and self esteem.”
Hampton also holds an annual bowling event at Hanover Lanes in Hanover, NJ to raise money for charity.
Despite a somewhat short career, Hampton still ranks second in franchise history with 6,897 rushing yards. His 49 touchdowns are third behind Brandon Jacobs (60) and Tiki Barber (55).
Hampton was a two-time Pro Bowler (1992 and ‘93) and member of the Giants’ Super Bowl XXV championship team (his rookie year). He was selected 24th overall in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft.