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2012 NFL Rookie Symposium Is A Wrap

The NFL Rookie Symposium took place in Ohio last week where players heard from speakers like Adam 'Pacman' Jones and Terrell Owens.

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When Justin Blackmon Listening To Terrell Owens Is A Good Thing

The NFL Rookie Symposium was held on Thursday, providing an orientation of sorts for all the new players set to enter the league in the 2012 season. Current and former NFL players spoke to the rookies about what they can expect, but more importantly, what will be expected of them both on and off the field.

Two of the players who spoke at the Symposium were Terrell Owens and Adam Jones. Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that new Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon paid particular attention to what the two NFL veterans had to say about off-the-field issues.

"It's powerful any time you have a player share something that happened bad for him they could have avoided," Blackmon told me and co-host Vic Carucci on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Blackmon can certainly relate to hearing some NFL cautionary tales. The wideout was arrested in 2010 for a DUI while playing for the Oklahoma St. Cowboys and was arrested for another DUI earlier in June, leading some to wonder whether this will be indicative of his conduct as an NFL player.

Thanks to the Symposium, Blackmon now has a much better idea of the potential repercussions for his actions.

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Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley Attending NFL Rookie Symposium

Detroit Lions defensive tackle is in Ohio this morning. Fairley, who was arrested twice during the offseason, is there to attend the Rookie Symposium, the NFL's crash course on everything from history of the game to personal responsibility for players.

Fairley and his fellow rookies missed the opportunity to attend the Symposium last year. The event was a casualty of the lockout.

The second-year defensive tackle made a special request to attend the event, according to the Lions' official website. Fairley told the league and his team that he believed he would benefit from it. He is attending with rookies from the AFC, who began the Symposium on Thursday.

"Nick knows that his actions will speak louder than his words in accepting responsibility and moving forward," Lions president Tom Lewand told detroitlions.com Thursday. "Asking to attend this year's symposium is clearly a positive action and a step in the right direction."

Fairley was arrested in the offseason for marijuana possession and a DUI. Two other members of his team's 2011 draft class were also arrested this spring, including two pot possession arrests for running back Mikel Leshoure.

Get more updates from the Rookie Symposium in this StoryStream. For more on the Lions, visit Pride of Detroit.


Rookie Symposium Continues For AFC Players

The 2012 version of the NFL Rookie Symposium continues as the NFC players depart and the AFC players arrive. The NFL changed up the way the players arrive at the Rookie Symposium with the players now split by conference. The NFC players arrived last Sunday and completed the Symposium on Wednesday. The AFC players arrived on Wednesday so their week is just getting started and they will be in Ohio until Sunday.

The NFC players had a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier in the week, which is part of the NFL's strategy at getting players to understand and appreciate the history of the game.

In an interview with Jeff Darlington of NFL.com, Redskins' Robert Griffin III said every rookie's goal should be to one day be enshrined in Canton.

"Everybody says you've got to make sure you're not reaching too high on the success ladder, but I think everybody's goal should be to get to the Hall of Fame," Griffin said.

For more on the Rookie Symposium, stay tuned to this StoryStream.


Adam 'Pacman' Jones Presents Cautionary Tale To NFL Rookies

Adam "Pacman" Jones did not want his speech to NFL rookies at the league's Rookie Symposium broadcast. Jones did manage to provide NFL.com with a few tidbits and the general thrust of what he was going to talk about with the young players. As you can imagine, Pacman was going to offer rookies a cautionary tale or two.

"I wouldn't want any of those guys to go through what I've gone through," Jones told NFL.com "It's not fun being on the news everyday for this mistake or that mistake because your boy did this or you did that. At the end of the day, my oldest girl is six right now, and she can read. She can type my name into a computer. You don't want her to see all of those negative things."

Jones is still dealing with the fallout from a 2007 shooting at a Las Vegas strip club. He was recently ordered to pay more than $11 million in damages for people injured in the incident which happened while he was a member of the Tennessee Titans.

Now, the Cincinnati Bengals employ Jones, and it was his idea to make the drive up to the Cleveland suburbs to present at the Rookie Symposium. He admitted to not paying much attention when he attended the same event in 2005.

The ultimate lesson, said Jones, is this:

"Every decision you make is critical. It might not get you now. But it will get you later."

Follow all the news from the Rookie Symposium and around the league on SB Nation's NFL hub.


NFL Rookie Symposium Is A Crash Course In The Real World

NFL rookies are getting a crash course in being a professional at this week's Rookie Symposium. More than making the transition, the event also encouraged players to start thinking about life after the game.


NFL Rookie Symposium Starts Sunday

NFL rookies will gather in Ohio next week for an in-depth orientation on life as a professional. Pacman Jones and Terrell Owens will be there to offer some guidance.

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