In April, 254 players were drafted into the NFL and next week they will meet for the NFL’s rookie symposium. The event will feature inspirational speakers, including current Cincinnati Bengals corner back Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones who has been in trouble in the past. According to NFL Vice President Troy Vincent, another message the rookies will hear next week is how short NFL careers can be and how to prepare for life after the NFL.
“We are not here to be dream killers,” Vincent said. “We have to be realistic, though, and you are now on the clock. So, of the drafted rookies, less than half will still be around three years from now. That doesn’t mean life stops; it better not. While we are introducing them to the NFL, we’re also talking about life after football. And there will be nothing these young men who come from all different walks of life have been through that one of us has not been through. There are life lessons that need to be learned right from the beginning.”
Careers can end quickly and the NFL should be preparing rookies for life after the NFL, including managing their money.
The symposium will feature presentations, videos, and workshops on player health and safety, decision making, mental health, substance abuse, non-discrimination and maintaining positive relationships.
The event will include presentations from LaVar Arrington, Vernon Davis, Antonio Freeman, Desmond Howard, Adam Jones, Chad Pennington, and Aeneas Williams.