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The NFL created this rookie symposium to assist newly drafted rookies and prep them for life as a professional. Being a professional, not just on the field but living it off the field means setting the example for children to emulate. The symposium focuses on four main areas: NFL history, experience, player expectations, professional and social responsibility. But how do you draw (and maintain) the attention of close to 300 players, many of whom come to the symposium carrying a sense of arrogance and entitlement? Former Packers and Jaguars defensive end Aaron Kampman says it is all about attitude. He says “As a young player, I thought it was great. But the attitude of the player has to be right. Personally, the best way I have found to get through to a player is to show him that you genuinely care. You can’t fake it.” The symposium will again feature multiple speakers such as Terrell Owens, Hardy Nickerson, LaVar Arrington, Michael Vick and for the second year Adam “Pacman” Jones, who all will share their stories. Yes, even with Pacman’s recent arrest, he will speak to the rookies, but is he the right person to show them the way of the land? I say yes!
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If you want to get through to rookies and show them what not to do, you can’t bring the “perfect” person, such as, let’s say Tim Tebow. Another example is when you look back at “scared straight,” those lifetime prisoners made the biggest impact on those kids because they would tell them, if you’re a knucklehead, you’ll end up like me. Nothing against Tebow, but he doesn’t go to the bars or chase tail. Troy Vincent, the NFL VP of player engagement said that Pacman made an impression last year when he spoke to the NFL’s rookie players through his experiences, because they are authentic and real. He knows what not to do because he did it.
Vincent goes on to say “you are not going to trick an athlete. They know when it is dressed up and not real, when you can sit among your peers and just talk about your life, someone is learning from that. They can look at him and see themselves from the way they look to where they have originated.”
Jones’ most recent encounter is not the first time he has been in trouble. He pled guilty in January 2012 to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. He had been accused of shouting profanities and trying to pull away as police arrested him at a Cincinnati bar months earlier.
Also last year, Jones was ordered to pay $11 million in damages to two Las Vegas strip club employees injured in 2007 when a gunman claiming he was doing Jones’ bidding opened fire outside the club after Jones and his entourage were kicked out. A club manager was paralyzed from the waist down and a bouncer was wounded.
Jones said he had no role in the shooting and pled an equivalent of no contest to misdemeanor conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct. The gunman, Arvin Kenti Edwards, is serving four to 10 years in prison. I’m not asking Jones to run for office nor would I want him to watch my kids. I would however, want to hear his experiences so that, in turn I don’t make the same ill-advised and irresponsible mistakes he has made in his life. So, I support the NFL and Pacman Jones to continue to speak to rookies about their personal experience and say, don’t do what I did.
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