Mar. 2, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Football player Terrell Owens in attendance of the game between the Phoenix Suns against the Los Angeles Clippers at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Clippers 81-78. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
This Sunday June 24, the NFL will kick off it's 15th Rookie Symposium, "emphasizing the sport’s legacy, tradition of character and leadership, as well as social and professional responsibility. The four-day orientation will be held at the Bertram Hotel in Aurora, Ohio and for the first time will feature speakers and a history session at the nearby Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton."
From the NFL:
The core teaching principles of the Rookie Symposium are NFL history, experience, player expectations, and professional and social responsibility. The program includes presentations, videos, and workshops focused on these principles as well as other topics, including player health and safety, decision making and maintaining positive relationships.
Along with Adam Jones discussing the challenges in his personal life and football careers, other guest speakers will include former Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens, Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty and retired players LaVar Arrington, Luther Elliss, Jamie Dukes, Antonio Freeman and Aeneas Williams.
This year the symposium will be broken down in a new format to "facilitate more effective learning by separating the rookies into smaller groups divided by conference."
"We have reduced the number of draftees simultaneously attending the symposium to create the most favorable learning environment," said Troy Vincent, current NFL Vice President of Player Engagement, a five-time Pro Bowler and former NFL Players Association president. "Each rookie should leave the symposium with the knowledge and history of where our game began, where it is today, and challenged to make a positive personal impact on the future of our game. The NFL and its clubs are committed to providing players with the best resources to succeed both on and off the field."