The NFL Rookie Symposium in Aurora wraps today. What exactly is this week-long affair?
The NFL Rookie Symposium is an orientation for all drafted rookies based on the four principles of NFL History, Total Wellness, Experience and Professionalism.
The symposium includes presentations, videos, and workshops focused on these principles as well as other topics, including player health and safety, decision making, mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence prevention, non-discrimination, and maintaining positive relationships.
Rookies are provided with resources and best practices to assist them with their shared responsibility in successfully identifying off-the-field challenges and transitioning from college to the professional level.
It also includes a session on cautionary tales of past NFL players, so you can bet Aaron Hernandez was brought up this week. Our buddy Maurice Clarett was also brought in to discuss...exactly what you think.
D. Jay Talbott, who is so shady that the NFL continues to give him the same credentials and player access that the ATP, MLB, etc have always given him (they just let anyone in!) sent us some photos he took of guys we're going to miss when autumn arrives:
[side note - thank you sir, and we're thrilled the nonsensical witch hunt of 2011 hasn't impacted your career in photography]
Johnny Simon mixing it up with kids as part of the NFL's Play 60 program.
Reid Fragel, whose teams are undefeated lifetime when he's hastily thrown into the offensive tackle position. #fact
Simon's facial expression will not look like this when he's rushing the passer for the Ravens.
Johnathan Hankins being large. Talbott sent us another photo of Big Hank that you will see soon as part of a Photoshop Phriday contest. You will like it.