Bengals Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz will take part in the annual Rookie symposium, conducting history sessions for the rookies at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton with Curtis Martin. The NFL kicks off its 18th Rookie Symposium on Sunday, June 21, emphasizing the sport’s legacy and tradition of character and leadership, as well as social and professional responsibility.
Cornerback Adam Jones has spoken at two symposiums. "If I could tell them anything, I just want them to realize this is a business," Jones said in 2012. "When you sign your contract, you are the head CEO of your company. The Adam Jones Company -- whatever it is. We can't go running down a field for the rest of our life."
"I wouldn't want any of those guys to go through what I've gone through," Jones told NFL.com "It's not fun being on the news everyday for this mistake or that mistake because your boy did this or you did that. At the end of the day, my oldest girl is six right now, and she can read. She can type my name into a computer. You don't want her to see all of those negative things."
The four-day orientation held at the Bertram Inn and Conference Center in Aurora, Ohio, will introduce the 2015 NFL Draft class to life in the NFL, prior to the rookies reporting to training camps next month.
The NFL Rookie Symposium is an orientation for all drafted rookies based on the four core values of the league – Responsibility to Team, Respect, Integrity and Resilience. The symposium includes presentations, videos and workshops on player health and safety, decision making, mental health, substance abuse, finance, building a winning culture and bystander intervention.
Rookies are provided with resources and best practices to assist them with their shared responsibility in successfully identifying off-the-field challenges and transitioning from college to the professional level.
Guest speakers at the Rookie Symposium (June 21-24 for AFC rookies, June 24-27 for NFC rookies) include current and former players who have experienced a wide-range of successes and challenges in their football careers and personal lives.
Presenters include former NFL players Phillip Buchanon, Cris Carter, Warrick Dunn, Eddie George, Donte Stallworth, Sammie Stroughter and Ross Tucker. They will be joined by current players including Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Ravens running back Justin Forsett, Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews and Colts safety Mike Adams.
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese will speak to the rookies in their respective conferences about the expectations of football players at the professional level. Additional speakers include representatives from the NFL office, club personnel and professionals in specialized fields.
Panel discussion topics include "Expectations of an NFL Player," "Transitioning to the NFL," "Reaching Out," "Defining Success," and "Staying in the Game." All rookies also will participate in a PLAY 60 youth football clinic with children from the Cleveland area at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative complex (AFC rookies June 23 at 9:30 AM; NFC rookies June 26 at 9:30 AM).