LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Former Raider and hall of famer Rod Woodson attended USA Football's free Summer Blitz event over the weekend to speak to local youth football coaches and players.

The event was held at Faith Lutheran High School as an opportunity for the youth football community to hear advice from a hall of famer and participate in flag football clinics.

Before the players and coaches hit the field, Woodson held an open discussion on how to be a better youth football coach and develop a deeper relationship with their players.

"My main message to the coaches is that they're more than just coaches. My youth coach and I are great friends. I talked to him yesterday. You can be a huge influence on these kids for the rest of their lives. There are some kids that play that have separated parents. You could be a counselor, a father, a grandfather. I think that's critical. Guys who coach youth sports in general need to open their minds up about teaching young kids to be young men and women of our next generation," said Woodson.

This event was one of 10 free events hosted nationwide by USA Football.

Rod Woodson

Oakland Raiders coach Rod Woodson visits on the sidelines before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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