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Packers rookies to get history lesson

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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When the Green Bay Packers' rookies reported for their orientation camp two weeks after the NFL draft, coach Mike McCarthy gave them a lesson in the history of the organization. This weekend, they will further their education on the history of the NFL at the 15th annual Rookie Symposium. The four-day orientation begins Sunday in the Cleveland suburb of Aurora, Ohio. For the first time it will feature a history session at the nearby Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. Another new twist this year is that rookies will be paired in smaller groups, divided by conference. The NFC session begins Sunday and runs through Wednesday, while the AFC session is next Wednesday through Sunday. “We have reduced the number of draftees simultaneously attending the symposium to create the most favorable learning environment,” NFL vice president of player engagement Tory Vincent said in a statement released by the league. “Each rookie should leave the symposium with the knowledge and history of where our game began, where it is today, and challenged to make a positive personal impact on the future of our game. The NFL and its clubs are committed to providing players with the best resources to succeed both on and off the field.” The symposium is designed to instruct rookies on league history, player expectations, professional and social responsibility, according to the statement. Among the current and former players expected to address the rookies are: Former Packers receiver Antonio Freeman, Michael Vick, Adam Jones, Devin McCorty, Terrell Owens, LaVar Arrington, Luther Ellis, Jamie Dukes and Aeneas Williams. Personnel from the NFL office and NFL Players Association also will speak. Hall of Fame members Michael Irvin and Carl Eller will speak at the sessions in Canton. Rookies also will take part in a Play 60 youth clinic at the Cleveland Browns facility on Tuesday (NFC) and Friday (AFC).

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