Green Bay Packers draft choices are in the process of traveling to Ohio on Sunday for the start of the annual NFL Rookie Symposium.
The four-day orientation to professional football that emphasizes the sport’s legacy and tradition of character and leadership, as well as social and professional responsibility, takes place at the Bertram Hotel in Aurora, Oh. In essence, it serves as an introduction to life in the NFL before training camp starts next month.
Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, wide receiver Davante Adams and the rest of the Packers draft class will be exposed to the four core teaching principles of the Rookie Symposium: NFL History, Total Wellness, Professional Experience and Workplace Conduct.
The symposium includes presentations, videos, and workshops on player health and safety, decision making, mental health, substance abuse, workplace respect and maintaining positive relationships.
Guest speakers at the Rookie Symposium 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 La Var Arrington, Cris Carter, Garry Cobb, Donovin Darius, Warrick Dunn, Keith Elias, Luther Elliss, Eddie George, Mike Haynes, Terry "Tank" Johnson, Warren Sapp and J.R. Tolver. They will be joined by current players including Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu, Bengals running back Giovani Bernard, Bears guard Kyle Long, Colts punter Pat McAfee and Bears safety Ryan Mundy.
Atlanta Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli and Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley will speak to the rookies about expectations of football players at the professional level.
2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Aeneas Williams will conduct a history session for the rookies at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.
Additional speakers include representatives from the NFL office and 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.”
Not all Packers rookies will be in attendance. Only those who were selected in the NFL Draft are invited to participate.
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