Its that time of year when the newbies or the NFL 256 drafted rookies are required to attend the mandatory yearly NFL Rookie Symposium.  Adrian Peterson is back in the fold after the spanking of his child, but the NFL poster child of domestic violence Ray Rice may not get a second chance.

The 18th Rookie Symposium begins Sunday, June 21, emphasizing the sport’s legacy and tradition of character, leadership, along with social and professional responsibility.  The AFC rookies will attend June 21-24, and the NFC rookies June 24-27.  These four-day sessions will be held at the Bertram Inn and Conference Center in Aurora, Ohio, focusing on life off the field and how to conduct themselves as professionals in many situations.

The NFL Rookie Symposium will cover the leagues four core values:

  • Responsibility to Team
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Resilience

Over the last eighteen years the rookie symposium has grown to include role play situations, videos, testimonials, presentations and workshops on player health and safety, off the field decision making, mental health, substance abuse, financial planning, transition from college to the professional level of competition, building a winning culture and bystander intervention.

Guest speakers will include both current and former NFL players who experienced a high level of success and some with stories of failure within their personal lives.

Former NFL Players

  • Phillip Buchanon
  • Cris Carter
  • Warrick Dunn
  • Eddie George
  • Donte Stallworth
  • Sammie Stroughter
  • Ross Tucker

Current NFL Players

  • Larry Fitzgerald
  • Justin Forsett
  • Brandon Marshall
  • Jordan Matthews
  • Mike Adams

Pro Football Hall of Famers – History sessions conducted at the Hall of Fame in Canton, OH

  • Curtis Martin
  • Anthony Munoz

Current General Managers – Expectations of a Professional Football Player

  • Reggie McKenzie Oakland Raiders
  • Jerry Reese New York Giants

They will also participate in a NFL PLAY 60 youth football clinic with kids 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).

(Some of the above data was provided by NFL Communications)