The National Football League used to have a Rookie Symposium which was meant to help rookies get acclimated to all facets of life in the league -- everything from living in a new city by yourself, earning more money than many have ever seen in their entire lives, and how to handle the success and fame which accompanies being an NFL star.
Then video came out of Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter telling players they need to have a “fall guy” in case something goes down. Well, in case you forgot, check out the video...
Since then, the league has disbanded its symposium and left the education of rookies up to individual teams. This year, the Pittsburgh Steelers actually documented what their rookies have gone through as they prepare for their first training camp and regular season.
In the video below you can watch them take tours of the city, visit young children at the Mel Blount Youth Home, and learn some valuable life lessons which have nothing to do with football.
The Steelers have been focusing on drafting high-character players throughout the draft the past few seasons, and when you hear the players talk in the video you get the feeling these meetings and events certainly made an impact on them before they leave one final time prior to reporting to training camp at Saint Vincent College on July 25th.
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