Written by Matthew Cannata
The Monday Morning Quarterback was back at it again but this time, taking a look at the last two days of the NFL Rookie Symposium.
The Miami Dolphins rookies, along with the rest in the NFL, were a part of this symposium several weeks ago. The league split the rookies up in conferences – the NFC went during one part of the week and the AFC went during the other part.
On days three and four, the rookies got a harsh dose of reality from numerous players. They were constantly told that for the majority of the people in the room, their career wouldn’t last for more than three years. It was said that this was repeated close to thirty times throughout the few days that the rookies were there
In addition to the lectures, the rookies also took part in a Play-60 event, having fun with the youth in the Cleveland, Ohio area and giving them a chance to be up close and exclusive access to them. Later that day, the players heard from Dr. John York, co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers.
One interesting thing to note is that the piece mentioned that several rookies (teams weren’t mentioned) were sleeping throughout the presentations. This is obviously not a good start to one’s NFL career and it gives an insight as to how serious they are taking their new career. While some give it 100% and take nothing for granted, there are others who think that it’s a right for them to be in the NFL.
One player who overslept on the last day and had to ride with NFL staffers was Marcus Martin, who was drafted by the 49ers out of USC. Many Dolphins fans, including myself, wanted the team to draft him but instead, they went with Billy Turner. While oversleeping happens to everyone, it’s tough luck for it to happen when the entire world knows at the Rookie Symposium.
The highlight of the symposium was when Chris Carter and Warren Sapp took the stage for an informal engagement session, which included question and answers. Carter and Sapp held back no punches and even called some players out such as wide-receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who now plays for the Carolina Panthers. Carter told him that he (Benjamin) doesn’t love football as much as he (Carter) did and said that he needs to give it his all 100% of the time.
We can only hope that the Dolphins rookies were attentive, alert and took something away from these few days that they spent with the rest of the rookies in the AFC. One must take their career seriously when in the NFL because there is always someone new wanting to take their job each and every year.
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