With the Green Bay Packers’ offseason program coming to a close last Friday, linebacker A.J. Hawk is free this week to travel to NFL Films headquarters in Mt. Laurel, N.J. for the seventh annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp.
The four-day, hands-on seminar and training begins today and lasts through Thursday for Hawk.
“This boot camp is more than an introduction to the many facets of the sports broadcasting industry,” said Troy Vincent, senior vice president of NFL Player Engagement. “It is a hands-on, demanding course for current and former players who seek a career in broadcasting after their NFL playing experience. Nearly 40% of the players who participated in past camps have earned broadcasting jobs.”
Broadcasters from the league’s broadcast partners such as CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, NFL Network will act as instructors for 24 current and former NFL players taking part, which also includes former Packers linebacker Na’il Diggs.
Curriculum will include hands-on work in areas such as tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, control room operation, studio preparation,
production meetings, field reporting and game preparation. Each player will tape segments as a studio and game analyst and take part in a networking session with television executives.
Hawk will also serve as a live guest host on SiriusXM’s NFL Radio at an unpublished date and time at some point this week.
In addition, players from this year’s NFL Broadcast Boot Camp class will have the opportunity to earn a guest hosting spot on one of the league’s United Kingdom broadcasting partners during the 2013 season.
Last season former Packers offensive lineman Mark Tauscher, along with Troy Brown, were selected to serve as studio analysts for an NFL regular-season Sunday on Sky Sports in the U.K.