Tag:Rookie Symposium
Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:50 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 9:36 am

Plax's NFLPA symposium talk impactful on rookies

Posted by Will Brinson

We mentioned earlier in the week that Plaxico Burress was going to speak at the NFLPA rookie symposium. Burress was there -- along with many other impressive guests like Roger Goodell -- to give life advice to the NFL's youngsters.

He did just that, and according to Broncos' rookie Von Miller, speaking to Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter, and the advice proved profound.

"I've been a big fan of Plaxico Burress' since I was a kid," Miller said. "It's a nightmare story, but I think all of us rookies can learn from that."

Burress' nightmare story is impactful: The wideout lost more than $12 million and two years of his life after being sentenced to prison for shooting himself in the leg in a nightclub.

Also present was former Lions DT Luther Ellis, who eventually filed for bankruptcy despite making $12 million over his career.

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And, of course, a slew of rookies -- 150 rooks made the trip, including eight of 10 first-rounders. (Only absent were Jake Locker, who's getting married, and Julio Jones, who didn't have an excuse, though he didn't need one.)

"Going into this event I thought I knew a lot, and then you go through these couple of days and you realize there's a lot you have to learn," said Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. "If I hadn't have had this event, I think I would have missed out on a great deal."

Fortunately, though the usually-sponsored-by-the-NFL event took place under the (optimistically!) dark cloud of the labor talks, it appears to have had an effect on the NFL's youngest group of players.

And that's always good news, regardless of whether the games are technically scheduled to begin on time right now.

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Posted on: June 29, 2011 3:08 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2011 3:26 pm

Herm Edwards speaks at NFLPA rookie symposium

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Herm Edwards was an NFL coach for eight seasons with the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs. He's probably best remembered for his motivational skills, even if he wasn't particularly well versed in the nuances of clock management. So it makes perfect sense that he would speak to the 155 rookies at the NFLPA's rookie symposium.

If you're looking to get pumped up for the final few hours of work, this should do the trick.

Some highlights:

"When this thing comes to fruition -- and it will -- they're going to kick the ball off, you're going to go to training camp. If you're not ready to go physically? That's on you. Don't blame the lockout. Don't blame the commissioner. Don't blame De Smith. When you go to training camp, nobody wants to know about 'Well, we missed 20 practices because we didn't get OTAs' -- we don't care. Nobody cares."

"It really doesn't matter when you got drafted. I was not drafted. I was a free agent. Played for 10 years, men. Never missed a game, never missed a practice. I was ready to go when they kicked the ball off. Make sure you're ready to go."

"Sometimes talent can be a curse. You got so much talent you don't live up to it. … One thing about talent. You didn't earn it, God gave it to you. … Let's get that straight. It ain't like you went somewhere and worked out and got some talent. … You got talent. But does the production meet the talent? … Because if you're not a productive player, then it becomes a curse."

Now go out and Terry Tate somebody.

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Posted on: June 28, 2011 12:14 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 12:56 pm

Plaxico will speak to rookies at NFLPA Symposium

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFLPA's Rookie Symposium begins this week in Florida, and CBSSports.com has learned that Plaxico Burress will be one of the players speaking to the rookies about life in the NFL.

Obviously, Burress, who was released from prison June 6, has a unique perspective on life as an NFL player and the traps of fame that can ensnare young players in the league.

He's also an excellent example of what our own Mike Freeman referred to as a blown opportunity for rookies: By passing on the Symposium, for whatever reason, they're also passing on valuable advice that could prove life-changing down the road.

Burress went from the highest of highs -- catching a touchdown in the Super Bowl for the Giants -- to the lowest of lows -- shooting himself in the leg in a nightclub and spending more than a year in prison on a weapons charge -- pretty quickly.

So getting Burress to speak at the Symposium is a savvy move by the NFLPA and a dagger for any rookie who skips the event thinking valuable advice won't be passed out.

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Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:49 am
Edited on: June 28, 2011 9:57 am

Rookie symposium to help players with money

L. Ellis had to file for bankruptcy last year despite making $20 million during his career (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The NFLPA, even in the face of a lockout that hopefully will be over next month, will conduct a rookie symposium today in Bradenton, Fla., and the key piece of the advice will be NOT TO BE STUPID WITH YOUR FREAKIN’ MONEY!!!!

According to Alex Marvez of Foxsports.com, the rookies will attend a 90-minute seminar in which they will learn to be prudent in the way they spend their salary the first couple of years in the league. In fact, they’ll be advised not to make any big financial decisions or spend any significant amount of money for, at least, their rookie season.

“These players have a tendency to get approached by a lot of people, family and friends,” Karl McDonnell, the COO of Strayer University, told Marvez. “We’ve actually drafted a letter they can use that says, ‘I’m going to take the next year getting used to being in the NFL. I’m not going to make any major commitments,’ just to give them a little breathing room.

“One of the things we want these young players to realize is the decisions they make in the next 1-2 years are really going to impact their lives forever. We want them to get off to a good start.”

After the NFL canceled its annual symposium because of the lockout, the NFLPA took the liberty of scheduling one on its own. It’s estimated that about half of the incoming rookies will attend.

Honestly, that’s probably very disappointing to the trade association -- and I think CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman would agree -- since, as Freeman reports, the NFLPA would pick up all rookies’ travel costs.

Especially when they could hear from a former player like Luther Ellis, a first-round pick for the Lions in 1995 who squandered $20 million during his 11-year career and had to file for bankruptcy in 2010. Ellis (pictured at right), who will speak at the symposium, points to his rookie season as the beginning of his downfall.

“The biggest thing that took us down the path of bankruptcy was being overextended to the point that I was counting on future earnings that didn’t happen and being involved in businesses that I shouldn’t have been involved with,” he said. “As good as the opportunities maybe seemed, if I would have put that money aside and just earned a modest interest rate of 6-7 percent, I’d be so much further ahead right now. And then I would have had the chance to sit back and look at what are the real opportunities, my personal passions, my wife’s personal passions and (decide) the things we want to be involved in. It would have changed our whole future.”

If I might add my two cents (though I realize I haven’t been invited to speak at the symposium and I only had to take one math class in college -- statistics, but I got a B!!!)), here is my advice: Don’t buy an expensive car.

When you walk through a NFL players' parking lot, you see a ton of fancy rides; and one of the guys who played for the Bengals who we knew could least afford a six-figure car, was the one who had multiple cars of that nature. His lifestyle was totally dependent on him staying on a NFL team, and he’ll be a real question mark to make a squad this year.

Don’t buy something that loses so much of its value when you drive off the lot. Just don’t buy an expensive new car right away.

“Really it comes down to discipline of not overextending yourself,” McDonnell said. “Anyone who comes into a large sum of money, there’s a temptation to do that.”

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Posted on: May 28, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: May 28, 2011 3:45 pm

At least one rookie glad Symposium got canceled

Posted by Andy Benoit

Thanks to the lockout, the NFL’s annual Rookie Symposium has been cancelled. The three-day event normally takes place in late June and involves all of the incoming rookies to travel to Canton, OH to take a tour of the Hall of Fame and learn about the history of the game and also spend significant time in seminars, lectures and group activities learning about the upcoming personal challenges and lifestyle changes involved with being a professional athlete.

Not every rookie is too broken up about missing the event.

"That's probably one thing I'm not going to say I'll miss, going to [Ohio] for three days or so of pretty much a freshman orientation," Giants fourth round rookie offensive tackle James Brewer told the New York Post. "Kind of letting you know what not to do. I feel I have pretty good common sense, so I think I'll be OK. I don't think I need someone to tell me not to hit women and stuff like that. I think I kind of know that already.

"Those three days [at the symposium] doesn't make you better as a player. It's more of 'Here are the rules, don't break 'em' deal and I would much rather be in Jersey training."

For the record, Brewer is currently training in Bloomington, IN. But you get what he’s saying…

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Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:19 am
Edited on: May 24, 2011 10:58 am

NFL cancels Rookie Symposium amid lockout

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL lockout hasn't been fun but at least it had not caused the cancellation of anything on the league's calendar -- until now. The NFL has cancelled it's rookie symposium in Canton, Ohio, a league source told CBSSports.com.

The symposium, which was originally scheduled to begin June 26, will likely be "officially" cancelled on Tuesday. Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com reported several months that the symposium was in danger as a result of the lockout.

The symposium is designed to bring all the NFL rookies together to try and teach them about life in the NFL, how to better manage their finances, and give tips on general transition to life as a professional athlete.

Our source says NFLPA officials and current active players spoke to rookies at the NFL PLAYERS’ Rookie Premiere about business aspects of the game. We're told that a portion of the meeting touched on some of the issues normally discussed at the Rookie Symposium.
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The timing of the decision in pretty indicative of where we stand on the lockout. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments from both the NFL and the players regarding the injunction of the lockout on June 3. It is not believed the Court of Appeals will rule on that hearing until at least July.

The cancellation of the symposium makes it pretty clear that the expected timing of the court's decision is accurate.

It also means expecting any sort of settlement and/or conclusion of the labor situation before July might just be a fool's errand.

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