The Oakland Raiders ten 2013 NFL Draft selections are going to Cleveland today to begin their NFL rookie symposium duties. All 254 players drafted in April will attend the event, with the AFC going from June 23-26 and the NFC players from June 26-29.
The symposium consists of presentations, speakers, and workshop sessions. The NFL's goal is to guide the newest crop of players on a variety of issues including money, off field decisions, and everyday life counseling. The players will get a chance to hear from two players who were affected by poor off field decisions like Adam "Pacman" Jones and Tank Johnson as well as squeaky clean former players like Brian Dawkins and Chad Pennington.
Two of the most interesting topics on tap are sexual orientation and the length of NFL careers for the average player. Former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback and current senior vice president of NFL player engagement told the Associated Press about the reality of short playing careers.
“We are not here to be dream killers," Vincent said. "We have to be realistic, though, and you are now on the clock. So, of the drafted rookies, less than half will still be around three years from now. That doesn't mean life stops; it better not. While we are introducing them to the NFL, we're also talking about life after football. There are life lessons that need to be learned right from the beginning."
The Raiders are very familiar with such situations. The team drafted middle linebacker Rolando McClain in the first round. Three years later McClain is out of football at the age of 23.
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