This week back in his hometown, he taught football skills to what could be the next generation of Bay Area star athletes.
Under the hot summer Gilroy skies, kids got a taste of fall at Kirigin Cellars.
"This is where it all began and I thought it was important time, especially coming out of what we just went through, to come back to Gilroy and do something special," Garcia said.
The two-day football camp got kids on the field to learn from local and professional coaches, current and former SJSU football players and, of course, Garcia.
"He's really intense and he does a great job motivating all the kids around here," camper Rio Cruz said. "He really motivated me."
The Jeff Garcia Football Camp was back tucked away at Kirigin Cellars in Gilroy, but I'm convinced you could hear @JeffGarciaJGFA from San Jose. Jeff's kids says when their dad hits the football field, it's another level. But it's all in good spirits! Gotta love the energy! pic.twitter.com/UZmFfGEtZ0— Dustin Dorsey (@DustinABC7) July 9, 2021
As exciting as it was to learn from such great football minds, today was even bigger than just sports.
The old saying goes, football isn't just about x's and o's, it's about Jimmys and Joes - the players.
After a year of COVID restrictions and quarantine, these players are excited to be back with their friends and fellow athletes once again.
"Seeing all these people out here and we were all doing the drills and having so much fun," camper Savannah Nielsen said.
"I'm glad honestly," camper Nicholas Strangis said. "It was so annoying being inside and doing nothing all day."
"It was nice because the pandemic is over and no more masks," camper and Garcia's daughter, Faith Garcia, said. "I get to see my family and spend time with them."
Some of my favorite shots from today. Loved seeing so many kids out learning football and life skills from local coaches and players from teams like the @Oak_Panthers, @SanJoseStateFB, @GavilanRamsFB, @GilroyHS, @thechscougars and the @49ers to name a few. pic.twitter.com/2Rys5OGyFE— Dustin Dorsey (@DustinABC7) July 9, 2021
The parents were happy to see their kids back out with their peers again as well.
"This is really his first opportunity for him to be out there with people his own age and do something fun," parent Evette Trejo said.
"Being out here in public, I think it helps them realize we're getting back to normal and this is what it's like," parent Mike DaSilva said. "The future is bright."
And these stars shined bright today as well and learned valuable lessons while doing it.
"All of the things that you can take from the game and apply it to life, if you do it the right way, you're going to have the chance to be successful," Garcia said. "Be a difference maker, be a game changer, be someone that's a positive influence. Be somebody that lifts others up. Don't bring people down."
A couple of @SJSU Alums out on the football field! Got to stop by the @JeffGarciaJGFA Football Camp today to see some great athletes and volunteer coaches! We’ll have that story tonight on @abc7newsbayarea at 5 & 6! pic.twitter.com/AaIZVbZr0t— Dustin Dorsey (@DustinABC7) July 9, 2021