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Arliss Beach has been chased by some of the best college football players in the nation and even some linebackers in the National Football League.

But speaking at the annual Boy Scouts Leadership fundraising luncheon on Thursday was more of a nerve wrecking experience for him.

you hear my heart pounding? he asked across a table before going up to speak at the ACTC Roberts Drive campus. is my first speech. I nervous. He spoke to a crowded room about the importance of being a role model in the community.

As one of Ashland all time football greats, Beach is already that in northeastern Kentucky. His status grew when he finished a four year career at the University of Kentucky and then it reached even greater heights when he made the Green Bay Packers roster last summer.

Beach didn get to play in the NFL last year because of a high ankle sprain suffered in the Packers last preseason game.

Instead of cutting Beach, which happens to many rookies who are injured, the Packers protected him by placing him on injured reserve. While the move to the IR effectively ended his first pro season, it kept him as property of the Packers, who hope the confidence they showed in him last year pays off this season.

Beach is already a role model in the Tri state community, said Phil Eason, the Ashland schools superintendent and chairman of the Tri State Boy Scouts Council.

is truly an outstanding person, Eason said. never heard anyone have anything of a negative nature to say about Arliss Beach. One of my hopes is when his playing days are over, that he be back in this area not as superintendent, but anything else.

take pride in being a good role model, he said. like giving back to the community. We are the groundwork of the children today. With all the drugs and alcohol and other things happening around us today, it important for them to have good role models.

need to set our children straight and those activities help us do that, he said. sports kept me out of trouble and kept my head straight. I had a lot of support from people, including a lot of you in this room. He said besides a supportive community, his role models were his parents, Andre and Kerri Beach.

have an older sister and a younger brother, so I the middle child, he said.

A turf toe injury has sidelined him for now. He went to Green Bay weekend mini camp recently and will return for another Packer camp on Monday. However, the turf toe will probably limit his repetitions in practice.

so frustrating, he said. feels fine but it an injury you can rush back from. It may be another two or three weeks before he can practice.

The Packers begin their fall camp on July 26 and Beach hopes to be there fighting for a roster spot. know how it is, there are no guarantees, he said.

However, Beach extensive knowledge of the playbook is definitely a plus. helps a lot, he said. coaches had me showing some of the younger guys how to do things at the mini camp.

Beach said being around players such as quarterback Brett Favre has been an amazing experience.

Bay is a great organization, he said. couldn ask for anything better. To be on the same practice field with Brett Favre, somebody I watched growing up, is a dream come true. He like a big kid. One of my coaches, Edgar Bennett who was on their Super Bowl teams, is somebody else I learned a lot from.

The Boy Scout fundraising goal was $50,000, Eason said.

Two Beach autographed jerseys one from Ashland and one from Green Bay were auctioned and brought in $1,000 to the Boy Scouts, Eason said.

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