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What's the One Thing NFL Rookies Should Know? SportsBlog Gets the Inside Scoop


NFL Legends Cris Carter & Warren Sapp Address The Players At The 2014 NFL Rookie Symposium (Photo Credit: NFL Player Engagement)

The newest rookies in the NFL have a tough year ahead of them. But one of the best things they can do is learn from the seasoned players who've been there before.

This week SportsBlog was on-site at the 2014 NFL Rookie Symposium in Ohio, where countless NFL rookies, veterans and presenters were live blogging on NFLPE.sportsblog.com. From first-round draft picks like Jake Matthews, Mike Evans and Eric Ebron, to NFL legends like Warren Sapp and Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley, and many more, SportsBlog heard from some of football's latest and greatest. 

The NFL's annual Rookie Symposium is an orientation for all drafted rookies based on the four principles of the NFL: History, Total Wellness, Experience and Professionalism. Rookies hear from veteran players and other experts, who hook them up with the resources and best practices that help them master off-the-field challenges and the transition from college to the pro level.

For an inside peek into what it's like to be an NFL rookie, check out some of the killer insights and advice that NFL seasoned players and rookies shared on the NFLPE Blog:

On Money

I think money is a big issue.... If you start getting careless, you'd be surprised how fast that money can go. Set a healthy budget. I'm not saying to pinch every penny, but come up with a plan about how much you are going to spend and save each month...and try to live within that.-- Luke Wilson

On the High Stakes of the First Year

Looking back, I would have taken my rookie year more seriously. I worked really hard, I put everything into it and it was not a question of work ethic. But I didn't realize how cutthroat and serious it was, and how your career comes down to a series of moments. If you play really well in those moments, you're probably going to have a really good career. And if you don't play well, there's not going to be that many more moments. -- Jordan Palmer

On Making Mistakes

One quote that has stuck with me was "A fool learns from his own mistakes, and a wise man learns from the mistakes of others." Donte Stallworth told us that. If you see someone make a mistake, you don't want to make that same mistake. But it's easier said than done. You can be the one saying it's not going to me, but it can happen to you, so you have to keep your eyes open, stay focused and humble. -- Ha-Ha Clinton Dix

On Getting Past the Rookie Wall

One thing that I thought would never happen to me is hitting the rookie wall. I heard the vets talking about, but I kept thinking that I love football too much to get tired of it. But, the season is long... and it takes a toll. For me, staying close with family is what helped me out. Obviously you'll get your bruises, but things like that you can take care of. You have to be proactive with your body because it is your temple, but for me, the rookie wall was more mental than anything. Staying connected with my family meant everything. -- Giovani Bernard

On Being True to Yourself

Identify what drives you, what motivates you, what are the constant characteristics and agreements that you have in place in your life that create a standard of living for you, regardless of the situation, that allow you to be the best person you can be...which ultimately will allow you to be the best player you can be. -- Ryan Mundy

For more unique viewpoints into NFL rookie challenges, check out the full NFLPE Blog.

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