It’s like the Scared Straight program, just for incoming NFL rookies.
Hoping to keep young NFL stars out of trouble, the league has employed oft-troubled Adam “Pacman” Jones of the Cincinnati Bengals to speak at the NFL Rookie Symposium for the second straight year.
Some have questioned the move as Jones is currently in the midst of another off-field issue after being arrested last week, but VP of the NFL’s Player Engagement office Troy Vincent says it’s the right decision:
NFL Vice President of Player Engagement Troy Vincent said that Jones remains on the list of speakers for the symposium, which will be held June 23-29 outside Cleveland. Vincent said Jones’ talk last year was well received by the rookies because it talked about many of the challenges that players face.
Another big factor for Vincent is that the experiences are real. This isn’t a role-playing session with others acting out possible scenarios, this is a player talking about the successes and failures he has had.
“You are not going to trick an athlete. They know when it is dressed up and not real,” Vincent said. “When you can sit among your peers and just talk about your life, someone is learning from that. They can look at him and see themselves from the way they look to where they have originated.”