Though they won't be in meeting rooms with coaches going over Xs and Os, the NFL's newest batch of rookies will be schooled on the ins and outs of life in professional football this week.
The NFL's Rookie Syposium began on Sunday in Aurora, Ohio, where players will get an introduction to the four principles of NFL history, total wellness, experience and professionalism.
Throughout the week, rookies will see presentations, watch videos, and participate in workshops that center on those principles. Other topics like player health and safety, decision making, mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence prevention, non-discrimination and maintaining positive relationships will also be covered.
NFC rookies are kicking off the week and will remain until June 25. AFC rookies will arrive to Aurora on the June 25 and stay until June 28.
Guest speakers, according to NFL.com, "include current and former players who have experienced a wide-range of successes and challenges in their football careers and personal lives." They include LaVar Arrington, Cris Carter, Warrick Dunn, Eddie George, Mike Haynes and Warren Sapp. Current players like Tyrann Mathieu of the Cardinals, Giovani Bernard of the Bengals, Kyle Long of the Bears, Pat McAfee of the Colts and Ryan Mundy of the Bears will also be speaking.
Former Patriots vice president of player personnel and Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli will speak on the expectations of the players now that they're in the NFL. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley will take on the same subject.