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Dwayne Allen has a lot to prepare for as he readies himself for his rookie season. He is going from a 10-4 Clemson squad to a Indianapolis Colts team that went 2-14 last year. He will have another rookie throwing him the ball in Andrew Luck, and some stiff competition at tight end from Luck's former Stanford teammate, Coby Fleener.
Dan Rubenstein sat down with the John Mackey Award winner at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Hollywood to talk about adjusting to life in the NFL, the cold Indiana winters, and doing pilates to help keep the lower body limber.
Allen certainly has a lot on his plate, but he made it clear that he wants to make an impact any way he can, saying, "whatever role the give me, I'm going to embrace it and try to be the most consistent and reliable player that I can be for my team."
While the Colts can reasonably expect a few more bumps in the road this season, Allen is ready to embrace the challenge.
"You're in the National Football League, people don't rebuild, this isn't college," Allen said. "You just get better and reload. And that's exactly what we're doing in Indianapolis. We're reloading with talent, with the offensive coordinator, with different personnel, with special teams. It's a great feeling going for it."
Former Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill was projected by many to be a first round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, especially after running the fastest 40-yard at the Combine. He slipped to the second round, however, falling to the New York Jets with the 43rd overall pick.
Hill told Amy K. Nelson at the 2012 NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Hollywood that he would be using the slight as extra motivation in his rookie season.
"I've always played with a chip on my shoulder and now it's like there are two chips on my shoulder," said Hill.
Hill also said that he is excited to be a member of Jets, and for all of the craziness that comes with playing in the New York City media market. He understands he is going to be a lot of scrutiny later on. For now, Hill is focusing on improving his game.
"Just showing that I'm ready to play," Hill said. "We're in the city so it's time to play like a Jet and fly high."
Jay Cutler hasn't had top-notch targets to throw to during his time with the Chicago Bears, but his wide receiver corps was upgraded significantly this offseason. Not just with former Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall, but with rookie Alshon Jeffery.
The former Gamecock standout spoke to Amy K. Nelson at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, and he's excited to play in Chicago.
"It's a blessing from God to be drafted," said Jeffery. "Just getting the call was very exiting, my family was very excited, and I'm just looking forward to being a Chicago Bear."
Jeffery also talked specifically about what it's going to be like to play with Marshall. When asked about what he hopes to learn from his new teammate, he said, "everything about how to become a Pro Bowl receiver and a great player. So that means whatever he tells me to do, whatever I need to do, whatever I need to work on. I'm sure he's going to tell me a lot, and I'm going to listen and soak up everything."
The Detroit Lions already had a potent passing attack, led by Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, but they've added another piece to their offense. They took Oklahoma Sooners receiver Ryan Broyles in the NFL Draft, and he talked to Dan Rubenstein at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere about making it to the NFL.
"I was excited," said Broyles. "Making it to the NFL, there's nothing better than that. I've been working all my life just to be an athlete."
When asked what he knew about Detroit, Broyles said, "I know Barry Sanders. Growing up, Barry Sanders was the man."
Broyles also talked about what it's going to be like to play as a wide receiver for the Lions.
"They came off a great season last year, [they're] putting the pieces together," said Broyles. "I feel like being a wide receiver there, there's no better time. They throw the ball around a lot, so I'm blessed to be a wide receiver at this point."
At the 2012 NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Hollywood, SB Nation's own Amy K. Nelson got the opportunity to sit down for a one-on-one interview with brand-new Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson spent three years with the N.C. State Wolfpack before moving to the Wisconsin Badgers in his final year before the 2012 NFL Draft. He passed for more than 3,000 yards in each of his last three seasons and will now head to the Seattle Seahawks, where he may just end up becoming the face of the franchise in the next few years.
In the below interview, Wilson talks about head coach Pete Carroll, the city of Seattle, the transition from college to the NFL, playing baseball and a whole lot more.
Wilson was selected by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, as the No. 75 overall pick.
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Running back David Wilson was a standout as a member of the Virginia Tech Hokies, where in 2011 he was named both the All-ACC Player of the Year and to the All-ACC First Team.
He impressed many scouts and evaluators with his performance at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and was considered one of the top running backs in the draft. Wilson was selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, becoming the No. 32 overall pick.
At the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Hollywood, SB Nation's Dan Rubenstein got a chance to sit down and talk with Wilson about his future with the New York Giants and what he hopes to bring to the table for the defending Super Bowl champs.
Wilson signed a four-year deal with the Giants, so he'll have plenty of time to get used to the transition from Virginia to the Big Apple.
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Doug Martin was one of the more surprising first-round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft, taken 31st overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ("I was on cloud nine at that point," he says.) But the Boise State product is more than ready to run headlong into the challenge of the NFL.
Martin hadn't been to Tampa Bay by the time of the NFLPA Rookie Premiere (the closest he had come was Miami), but he's looking forward to better weather than he "enjoyed" in Boise, when 20-degree days in winter were the norm.
And Martin also flashed his sense of humor in his interview with our Amy K. Nelson, explaining his "Muscle Hamster" nickname: "Basically, it means a person of small stature who is very well-built. I have linemen friends, and I'm smaller than them, so I guess they decided to give me the name Muscle Hamster. I have no idea where it came from."
If Martin can gnaw on defenses along with LeGarrette Blount in what could be a potent running attack, there might be more nervous chuckling about his nickname than anything.
Isaiah Pead was one of the most productive running backs in college football that few fans knew well for the last few years at Cincinnati. That may change in St. Louis, where Pead looks like he could assume the role held by Steven Jackson as the Rams' bell cow.
Pead hasn't heard a lot about the city that he's now calling home other than the good barbecue and the Gateway Arch, nor did he have any special attachment to the Rams beyond being into their days as "The Greatest Show on Turf" with Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk. But he's been told that his role is to carry the ball and take some of the load off of Jackson, who has carried the ball 237 times or more in every season since 2005.
Pead still has some things to learn (pass protection at the NFL level, for one), but seems like he's ready to step up for the Rams and help the team continue its turnaround from its late-2000s swoon.
Brandon Weeden is a very good quarterback, but he gets a lot more questions about his age than his ability to throw a football. Unfortunately for him, jokes about his age have only been perpetuated by his teammates. "My junior year at Oklahoma State, on my 27th birthday, our safety Markelle Martin bought me a cane, some Depends and some balloons." In his interview with Amy K. Nelson at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, Weeden also talks a bit about football.
Weeden also talked about what he knows about about his new city and the Cleveland Browns. "Cleveland's a great town, I've gotten to spend a little bit of time up there. Very, very passionate fans, and I knew that coming in," said Weeden. "Obviously the Dawg Pound is one of the best fanbases of all of football. We just need to win some games and the city will be very elated."
Two-time All-Big 12 tight end Michael Egnew will have a chance to make an impact for his new team as a rookie, and he's looking forward to making the transition into the pros with a new offense. The third round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins sat down with Dan Rubenstein at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere.
"Right now I'm learning two positions, the slot receiver position and the attached tight end position, which is interesting because I didn't do a lot of that in college. But it's definitely fun and we have great coaches teaching me everything," said Egnew about acclimating to Miami's offense. Egnew's college team, the Missouri Tigers, ran a spread offense, but with the Dolphins, he'll be playing in a West Coast offense under head coach Joe Philbin and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.
Egnew also talked about fellow rookie Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins' quarterback situation. "He's a great quarterback," said Egnew. "He'll do whatever he's required to do, he's a good guy. For me, I'm just trying to learn every day while I'm there. Whichever quarterback is taking the snaps, I'll be there for him."
"I was like, 'I really don't know what's in Minnesota,'" new Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright tells SB Nation's Dan Rubenstein in an interview from the NFLPA Rookie Premiere. Wright's learning quick, though, and is excited for his chance to play with one former SEC stud in particular.
"I've always looked up to a guy like Percy Harvin, and just a chance to play with a guy like that," Wright says. "It's just like a dream come true." He's also got good words to say about Adrian Peterson, which makes sense because he's Adrian Peterson, and Christian Ponder, which makes sense because he will throw Wright the ball.
Wright doesn't think the transition's going to be easy to the NFL, but says "If they need me to go out and catch a lot of passes, I can definitely do that."
As for the saga that cost Bobby Petrino his job at Arkansas, Wright says "I was very hurt, myself, 'cause it was someone I really looked up to and really trusted." But despite it being "a bad situation all around," Wright thinks "it was handled very well" by athletic director Jeff Long.
Despite Dan Rubenstein's best efforts, he couldn't get Ryan Tannehill to tell the world he's taking his talents to South Beach, LeBron-style. But he got plenty of other good stuff out of the Miami Dolphins' newest quarterback in this interview from the NFL Rookie Premiere.
Tannehill's excited about the chance to live in Miami — he's heard about "a lot of great food" — but more excited about the chance to keep playing for Mike Sherman, his offensive coordinator at Texas A&M and the current offensive coordinator in Miami, and says "The West Coast offense suits me."
He also gets an apology out of our boy Dan for a question about Tannehill's shady past ... as a wide receiver. While Tannehill was a good wideout at Texas A&M before being switched over to signal-calling, "I wanted to be playing quarterback the entire time I was at receiver," he explains.
"It's gonna be an adjustment," Tannehill says of his transition to the NFL. "It's gonna be a lot of fun, but it's definitely going to be a learning process."
Bengals rookie wide receiver Mohamed Sanu was one of the best wideouts in Rutgers history. (He was also told he was drafted by Cincinnati before he was actually drafted by Cincinnati.) But while he possesses great physical tools, standing 6'2" and weighing a little more than 200 pounds, Sanu's greatest asset may be his aggressiveness, as he told SB Nation's Amy K. Nelson.
"I attack the ball well," Sanu says. "I love attacking defenses."
He's also got a bit of extra motivation as he heads into his rookie season in the NFL. Sanu explains his connection to Eric LeGrand, the Rutgers defensive tackle who was paralyzed on a kickoff return in 2010, by fingering a bracelet he says he's never taken off, and explaining that if he's ever down, he can always get "a little pep" from LeGrand.
Sanu also explains that he takes care of his hands and feet with occasional manicures and pedicures. Will there be a joint mani-pedi in his and Amy's future? I hope so!
At the top of the third round of the 2012 NFL draft, the Denver Broncos added San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman to add some youth to their rushing corps. In an interview with SB Nation's Amy K. Nelson, HIllman said he had little to no hints that the Broncos may be interested in him, and that he'd had no real communication with Denver aside from a brief interaction at the combine and the pro forma contact information he had to provide to each club.
Hillman said he is excited to play with Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning but is also relishing the opportunity to learn from the veterans at his position, specifically Willis McGahee. Hear more from Hillman, including a great anecdote about being coached by Snoop Dogg as a youth:
The New Orleans Saints added to their arsenal of offensive weapons this April when they drafted Wisconsin wide receiver Nick Toon in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft. Toon is a bigger receiver who had plenty of success playing in Madison for the Rose Bowl-bound Badgers. SB Nation's Dan Rubenstein interviewed Toon in May at the NFLPA's Rookie Premiere event and the wideout talked about his future in New Orleans.
Toon said he was largely unfamiliar with New Orleans, but one thing he's looking forward to is sampling the cuisine. On the football side of things, it doesn't get much better than playing with quarterback Drew Brees. Toon said he has yet to meet Brees, as the Pro Bowl quarterback continues to work to sort out his contract situation, but he's confident he can succeed in an explosive Saints offense that spreads the ball around to several pass-catchers.
The Seattle Seahawks selected Utah State running back Robert Turbin in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft, adding some depth in the backfield. Turbin recently sat down with SB Nation's Amy K. Nelson at the NFLPA's Rookie Premiere event to discuss his future in the NFL.
Turbin said had no idea he would land in Seattle, considering he'd only talked to the Seahawks organization once -- a 15-minute conversation at the scouting combine. The frenetic Pete Carroll is his new boss, and Turbin is looking forward to playing for the former USC coach, but he's still getting used to the NFL and the rigorous conditioning required at the professional level. Turbin said the first rookie minicamp was the most he had run in a practice before.
Turbin will back up Marshawn Lynch, who had a significant influence on him as a youth growing up in the Bay Area. Turbin watched Lynch at Cal and indicated that he's adopted a couple moves from watching him in "Beast Mode."
More from Turbin, including his ridiculously large arms, in the video below:
Some of the most promising rookies from the 2012 NFL draft class attended the NFLPA's Rookie Premiere last month in Los Angeles, and SB Nation had a chance to sit down with them and discuss making the move to the NFL. Dan Rubenstein spoke with former Arizona quarterback and Eagles' third-round pick Nick Foles. The lanky signal-caller will begin his pro career serving as a backup to Michael Vick, but he's excited to work with and develop under Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid.
Foles says one of the bigger challenges playing for Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is moving from the no-huddle offense he ran at Arizona over the past two seasons back to the huddle, where's he responsible for knowing a large playbook. Hear more from Foles on his interactions with Vick so far:
SB Nation recently sat down with speedy wide receiver Kendall Wright, the Tennessee Titans' first-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft. Before going with the No. 20 pick in April, Wright was best known for being the No. 1 target of Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. SB Nation's Dan Rubenstein asked Wright how much he had to do with RGIII taking home the top award in college football; he refused to take any credit, saying it was "all Robert."
Wright seems ready for the transition from the high-powered attack Art Briles employed at Baylor to the more conservative pro style he'll play under Mike Munchak in Nashville. He wants to compete for a spot on a team with two of the more notable skill position players in the league in Chris Johnson and Kenny Britt. Hear more of what Wright had to say about his future in the league:
Trent Richardson has always run hard, and that determination on the ground helped make him a star and contributor to two national championship teams at Alabama. As he told SB Nation's Amy K. Nelson at the 2012 NFLPA Rookie Weekend, he's not going to change that up in the NFL.
"People tell me that I run angry," Richardson says. "Yeah, I do run angry." And, pressed by Nelson, Richardson confirms that he's not about to start running chagrined or indifferent or something: "I'm not gonna change up nothin'. If I change up anything, that wouldn't be me."
Richardson also touches on the pressure of following LeBron James as a possible Cleveland superstar, what he's going to fill his off-season with -- training hard, finding the best school for his daughters, and finding the best doctors to treat his mother's cancer -- and the joys of taking a young woman in Alabama to prom.
Clearly, while Richardson may run angry, he's ready to make a lot of happiness happen, too.
Redskins fans have had a lot to be excited about with their franchise quarterback, Robert Griffin III, since the team traded from the No. 6 to the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Griffin won the Heisman Trophy last year, led his alma mater, Baylor, to one of its best seasons in history, and has been known throughout the land for his charisma, charm, and socks.
Griffin sat down with SB Nation's Dan Rubenstein at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in California to discuss his already impressive knowledge of the Redskins' fan base (he already calls it D.C.!), his relationship with "Big Mike" Shanahan, and what he expects to give Redskins fans in his rookie season. All that and... socks!
Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver T.J. Graham sat down with SB Nation's Dan Rubenstein at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere to talk about his future as the wide receiver opposite Stevie Johnson catching passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick. Graham -- who's every bit as eloquent and engaging as celebrated rookie Robert Griffin III -- revealed that he hasn't found a place to live or a car to drive around Buffalo quite yet.
The most interesting thing from the interview, however, came when Rubenstein asked him about his wing consumption. Graham said he has been introduced to the famous wings of Buffalo and he's been eating quite a bit of them lately. I don't know how you can consider yourself even a remotely accomplished wing-eater while eating exclusively medium, as Graham said, but I guess they do things differently in North Carolina. (Note: They likely do not. Graham has lots to learn about wing eating.)
Andrew Luck has done about everything he could have done as Stanford's quarterback, but he's not quite done with his time as a Stanford student, as he told Amy K. Nelson at the 2012 NFLPA Rookie Premiere.
Luck jokes that he's set to graduate within the month "If I pass," and tells Nelson that he's had to struggle to find motivation to go to class when his Colts teammates are working out and bonding in Indianapolis.
But Luck's also had a chance to check out the Colts playbook, even though he says reports of his teammates being impressed with his knowledge of it are overstated: "I forced them to say that to the media," he demurs. With only a few final projects left between him and an architecture degree, Luck is close to his first test as an NBA player: rebuilding the Indianapolis team that crumbled in 2011.
He's not so worried about living up to Peyton Manning's legacy -- "I'm not gonna wake up and try and measure myself to Peyton Manning every day," he says -- but is completely ready to take on the challenge of the NFL, despite inheriting a Colts roster that earned just two wins last year. "No one prepares to lose," he told Nelson, agreeing with Reggie Wayne's assertion that the Colts might not be awful in 2012.
Oh, and he's done with his neckbeard. Probably. "The 'neard' has probably died a cruel death," Luck says. "It was a bad look; I don't think I could pull it off again."
Justin Blackmon is in the news, and around this time of year that's typically not a good thing. Early on Sunday morning, Blackmon was arrested for "aggravated DUI," blowing a .24 after being stopped for driving erratically. He was booked into jail in Oklahoma, then released later Sunday morning. It wasn't a great start to his NFL career.
However, before the DUI and off-field trouble, Blackmon sat down with Amy K. Nelson at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles. There, he dished on his game, his future and his singing ability. Blackmon sang in a choir, and though he wouldn't belt out a tune on the spot, it was an interesting tidbit.
On the whole, Blackmon was rather tame, exhibiting a shy side. It's an interesting look at the man, though, perhaps especially after this weekend's developments.
For more on Blackmon and the Jags, head over to Big Cat Country.
There were several incoming rookie duos in attendance at the NFLPA's Rookie Premiere, including the Colts' Andrew Luck and Dwayne Allen, the Browns' Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden, and the 49ers' duo of A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James.
San Francisco selected Jenkins at the end of Round 1 with the No. 30 pick, while James went one round later at pick No. 61. In Los Angeles at the Premiere, it was first rounder Jenkins who took control of the mic and served as a correspondent for SB Nation, interviewing his new teammate James.
While being interviewed by Jenkins, the former Oregon Ducks running back displayed instant brand awareness, citing Nike as the first reason why his experience playing at Oregon was great. While Robert Griffin III was quick to plug his adidas shoes, James is especially happy that Nike has taken over as the new supplier of NFL uniforms. He's been well-trained.
Check out Jenkins' full interview of James below:
It took some prodding and some shoving and some giggling, but eventually, Trent Richardson figured out how to interview his new teammate Brandon Weeden at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere Event at the Rose Bowl. They talked about their new uniforms, numbers, their new team and Cleveland's cold:
Richardson isn't exactly the most comfortable with the microphone, but Cleveland's pair of first rounders seem to get along already, as evidenced by the general giddiness of the interview and stuff like Richardson teasing Weeden about his minor league baseball career.
However, their relationship has clearly hit a major snag: Both players wore "3" in college, and since running backs can't wear that number, Richardson has to settle for "33" while Weeden lives it up in the uni number he's always worn. Although they laugh it off in this video, their relationship is most likely permanently damaged by the uniform number dilemma and will doom the Browns for the foreseeable future.
Coming off a Super Bowl victory, the New York Giants boosted their offense with their first two picks in the 2012 NFL draft, taking running back David Wilson out of Virginia Tech and wide receiver Rueben Randle from LSU. At the NFLPA Rookie Premiere event in the Rose Bowl, the Giants' first-round pick got a chance to grill their second.
Wilson and Randle haven't perfected their rapport yet -- Wilson found out the hard way that you aren't supposed to bring up Randle's national championship game loss to Alabama -- but they laughed it off and recovered well enough to hawk their Twitter handles.
All things told, the Giants' new offensive weapons seem to get along pretty well, even when one has a microphone. And they seem pretty excited about getting to wear the Giants helmet as well -- Randle won't even take his off.
On a side note, isn't Wilson kind of throwing the Hokies under the bus by being so awestruck by playing at LSU?
We've known for a while that Robert Griffin III is good at talking: the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner gave one of the best acceptance speeches in the award's history, and was charming and hilarious in talking to Dan Rubenstein at the EA Sports NCAA Football 13 Preview Party and throwing shade John Brantley's way. But, as it turns out, RG3 might be even better when he's the one holding the mic.
Griffin talked to Alshon Jeffery of the Chicago Bears and Jarius Wright of the Minnesota Vikings at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, and basically did the whole interviewing thing as well as he appears to do everything. Griffin put on the fake announcer voice, plugged his Adidas connection while talking about the NFL's new Nike jerseys, got Wright to admit that going from being the SEC's leading receiver in 2011 to being picked in the fourth round felt like a downgrade, and poked fun at Jeffery's lack of production ... and gut.
I'm sure Rubenstein and the rest of the folks at SBN Studios are happy that Griffin's more into football (and Dan Snyder's zeroes, his jokes about being "still broke" aside) than talking about it, because those suckers would probably be out of work in a heartbeat if RG3 wanted to do more than cameo on our team. (I love you, Dan.)
The Denver Broncos have that Peyton Manning guy, so Osweiler probably isn't going to get a lot of action for at least the next few regular seasons.
How does he feel?
The rookie tight end took a mic from an SB Nation producer and matters into his own hands this week during the NFLPA Rookie Premier.
The duo were both quite candid expressing the emotions they felt on draft day and what it was like to get "the call" just before they were officially selected.
Because they're two young dudes, they have plenty of stuff to accomplish on the field before looking to make a name for themselves off it. But if this video is any indication, I'd say both Owesiler and Allen have a strong camera presence.
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SB Nation spent the weekend at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere and several rookies, including RGIII, made our life easier by taking our microphone and interviewing other rookies for us.
SB Nation spent the weekend with over 30 of the top draft picks at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles. A few players stood out to us, including Robert Griffin III, who is as advertised.
For NFL rookies, spring is a time for adjustment. The NFL Draft is over, and each new player has had his first taste of life in the pros at rookie minicamps, which wrapped up last week. Players at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere event in Los Angeles this week talked about the transition with a mix of eagerness and suspense at the future that awaits them. Among the most commonly cited concerns was the speed of the pro game ... and playing in cold weather.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill had a familiar face waiting for him in offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, his former head coach at Texas A&M. That will help Tannehill acclimate, but the quarterback still noted the difference in jumping up a level.
"I have a background w/ the playbook, but not having played in an NFL game, it's going to be an adjustment getting used to the speed of the game, the speed of the defense and the way they disguise things," Tannehill said.
Speed is one thing that Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright knows well from his days stretching the field for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Nevertheless, the difference in velocity topped his list of changes.
"Speed of the game is number one, getting used to the speed," Wright said. "Being in practice helps you get used to the speed."
Washington Redskins unflappable quarterback Robert Griffin III offered a more sanguine take on the speed of the game. Learning the playbook topped his list of things to do in order to thrive in the NFL.
"When it comes to the speed of the game, you'll adjust," Griffin said. "You just adjust to it. It's the playbook so I can learn everythign and know where I"m going and be decisive."
Speed and playbooks were not the only thing on the minds of the newest group of NFL players. For those moving from college campuses in the southern part of the country to NFL teams up north, the weather was clearly on their minds.
"I am prepared for it," Foles said. "Playing football is playing football. It will be different but I have played in snow and freezing rain. Those are fun games, like being in the backyard playing as a kid."
On Friday night, players at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere will take on a mix of former player and celebrities in a flag football game. The speed of that game won't be of much concern. Neither will the weather as the forecast for Los Angeles calls for sunshine and highs in the 70s through the weekend.
Some of the brightest young stars in the NFL descended upon Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon to talk health and fitness with the students. SB Nation's Amy K. Nelson and Dan Rubenstein were on hand to talk to players and run through a few drills with the players and students.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden talks about his fastball and how he stays in shape. Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon talks food, and 49ers wide receiver A.J. Jenkins tells the story about a strange nickname.
You can read more about Thursday's event in this feature from SB Nation's NFL editor Joel Thorman, who is on the scene.
The NFLPA event continues through Saturday. On Friday, rookies will play a game of flag football with former NFL players and a smattering of other celebrities.
SB Nation is there with a full crew and will have plenty more updates from the event.
The NFLPA Rookie Premiere had a dozen draft picks visiting a Los Angeles high school where they reversed roles and became coaches running drills for the students.
A group of 36 rookies will get their first taste of life under the bright lights this week. The NFLPA Rookie Premiere event starts Thursday in Los Angeles, Ca. The three-day event covers a wide range of activities, from charitable work to photo opportunities at the Rose Bowl.
Presented by Nike, the players will be the first draft class to wear the company's new uniforms on Thursday. Rookies will see their faces on trading cards during a photo shoot at the Rose Bowl with trading card companies Topps and Panini America.
Players will be at Alexander Hamilton High School on Thursday morning to conduct a fitness and healthy lifestyle program for 200 Los Angeles high school students. On Friday night, players will face off against retired players and celebrities in a flag football game at UCLA.
Other sponsors for the event include Verizon, Pepsi Max, EA SPORTS, TheraPearl and SB Nation.
For a complete list of players and a schedule of events, visit the NFLPA site.
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SB Nation and the NFLPA Rookie Premiere are excited to announce the Rookie FanChat, a contest where the winner gets to Skype with their favorite NFL team's top draft pick.
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