NFC Rookies are attending their Rookie Symposium this week, a yearly event aimed at easing the rookies’ transition into the life of an NFL football player and always ending with a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Until that trip on Wednesday, the players will listen to addresses by a number of NFL veterans, two of whom have connections to Dallas.
Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin, who won three Super Bowls with Dallas as a key member of the early- to mid-1990s dynasty, and Adam “Pacman” Jones, who spent one, turbulent season with the Cowboys back in 2008, are two of the NFC Symposium’s keynote speakers.
Other speakers include former Redskins’ linebacker LaVar Arrington, longtime Vikings defensive end Carl Eller and former Packers’ receiver Antonio Freeman. According to the latter, this latest crop of rookies have been encouragingly receptive to the lessons presented, including titles like “Are You Bigger Than The Game” and “How To Be A Professional.”
“They are very engaged,” Freeman said, per the Dallas Morning News. “They’re excited. They’re nervous, which is expected, but the excitement overtakes the nervousness. We’re just trying to get these guys to understand that we’re not telling you what not to do. We’re just trying to tell you the things that we did that made us successful. We don’t want to lose the kids by saying, ‘Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t.’ You lose so many kids with that message.”
The AFC Rookie Symposium will take place Wednesday through Sunday.
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