NFL Rookie Symposium Kicks Off Sunday, Sessions to Stress History, Total Wellness, Experience & Professionalism

NFC rookies to attend June 22-25, AFC rookies June 25-28

The NFL kicks off its 17th Rookie Symposium on Sunday, June 22, emphasizing the sport’s legacy and tradition of character and leadership, as well as social and professional responsibility. The four-day orientation held at the Bertram Hotel in Aurora, Ohio, will introduce the 2014 NFL Draft class to life in the NFL prior to the rookies reporting to training camps next month.

The four core teaching principles of the Rookie Symposium are NFL History, Total Wellness, Professional Experience and Workplace Conduct. The symposium includes presentations, videos, and workshops on player health and safety, decision making, mental health, substance abuse, workplace respect and maintaining positive relationships.

Guest speakers at the Rookie Symposium (June 22-25 for NFC rookies, June 25-28 for AFC rookies) include current and former players who have experienced a wide-range of successes and challenges in their football careers and personal lives.

Presenters include former NFL players LA VAR ARRINGTON, CRIS CARTER, GARRY COBB, DONOVIN DARIUS, WARRICK DUNN, KEITH ELIAS, LUTHER ELLISS, EDDIE GEORGE, MIKE HAYNES, TERRYTANK” JOHNSON, WARREN SAPP and J.R. TOLVER. They will be joined by current players including Cardinals safety TYRANN MATHIEU,Bengals running back GIOVANI BERNARD, Bears guard KYLE LONG, Colts punter PAT MC AFEE and Bears safety RYAN MUNDY.

Atlanta Falcons assistant general manager SCOTT PIOLI and Jacksonville Jaguars head coach GUS BRADLEY will speak to the rookies about expectations of football players at the professional level.

2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee AENEAS WILLIAMS will conduct a history session for the rookies at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

Additional speakers include representatives from the NFL office and club personnel and professionals in specialized fields.

Panel discussion topics include “Expectations of an NFL Player,” “Transitioning to the NFL,” “Reaching Out,” “Defining Success,” and “Staying in the Game.”

All rookies also will participate in a PLAY 60 youth football clinic with children from the Cleveland area at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative complex (NFC rookies June 24 at 9:30 AM; AFC rookies June 27).

About NFL Player Engagement

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