NFL Players Association Saves Rookie Symposium


Photo: NFLPA* President DeMaurice Smith, courtesy Inside the Iggles

Last week on Sirius NFL Radio, there was talk (possibly from Bob Papa, I don’t remember) about how the NFLPA* could establish some great public opinion if they were to save the rookie symposium. The public opinion would then see the NFL do bad and the NFLPA* do good. Simple enough, right? Apparently, he was heard. The NFLPA* will indeed save the day and put on their own from of the Rookie Symposium.

The NFL annually puts on a rookie symposium to teach rookies to be careful with their finances and to not have 15 children by 14 women and other helpful hints at how to handle being rich and famous. Face it, even the undrafted rookies deposit a lot of cash into the bank and this weekend symposium put on by the NFL serves as a great bridge between college and the NFL. Players learn a lot as former players are brought in to help teach the rookies life advice based off mistakes the former players have made. When you hear it first-hand, it normally makes a difference.

If you’ve been living under a rock, the NFL locked out the players and the players association disbanded. Amidst the lockout, the NFL cancelled the Rookie Symposium to the dismay of many. It marked the first real loss of anything NFL from the lack of a CBA (contract bargaining agreement) that brought on the lockout. Luckily, the NFLPA* (theres a star because they are not really an association as they disbanded) decided to deliver their own version of the rookie symposium to the rookies.

Hopefully this will keep any of the rookies from spending Dez Bryant style….