While some got a jump-start on summer vacation plans to exotic locations, the 2014 Washington Redskins draft class has spent its week in Aurora, Ohio, at the NFL Rookie Symposium.
According to NFLPlayerEngagement.com, the annual week-long event is as an orientation of sorts* *based on "the four principles of NFL History, Total Wellness, Experience and Professionalism."
The entire eight-member 2014 Redskins draft class has been in attendance, meeting legends of the game and soaking in knowledge of how to be a professional football player both on and off the field.
Linebacker Trent Murphy worked with young football players on Monday during a Play 60 event. Here's a picture with one particular 6 year old who Murphy says is a "young beast in the making":
Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Warren Sapp were among player alumni presenters, and cornerback Bashuad Breeland, tight end Ted Bolser and kicker Zach Hocker had the chance to meet both for a quick one-on-one and photo:
Bolser also posted this selfie during a Play 60 event at the Cleveland Browns' headquarters:
Hocker also met up with some of his former University of Arkansas teammates:
Finally, here is a pretty awesome picture provided by the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Twitter account (@ProFootballHOF) of wide receiver Ryan Grant watching Jerry Rice highlights.
.@Redskins rookie WR Ryan Grant checking out highlights of @JerryRice. #RookieSymposium pic.twitter.com/QvzgnFwYg0 — Pro Football HOF (@ProFootballHOF) June 25, 2014
While Grant has yet to play an NFL snap, head coach Jay Gruden said he plays like he's been in the NFL for quite some time.
"He plays like a 10-year veteran already," Gruden told the media during rookie minicamp in May. "He's very smooth. He understands route concepts. He understand depths and how important they are and how to set people up… Easy in and out of breaks, effortlessly."
Moses blogs from SymposiumMorgan Moses has enjoyed the opportunity to reconvene with old teammates from his time as a student-athlete at the University of Virginia -- as well as others in the 2014 class that he met during pre-draft workouts -- but said he's been focused on hearing about stories of both sustained success and how to avoid a troubling path at the Rookie Symposium.
The Washington Redskins finalized their 2014 NFL Draft class on Saturday, selecting eight total players: two on defense, five on offense and one kicker.
As Moses wrote on sportsblog.com, he's been talking with other NFL players about how to handle hitting the rookie "wall."
"A lot of current players have talked to us about the rookie wall and having a plan for how to rebound when you hit that wall," Moses wrote. "Because you are going to hit it, there's no way around it. We've also learned about things like how to get your financial bearings and how to be a professional...coming in every day and working hard at your craft."
Moses was impacted by the powerful story of Chris Herren, a former big-time NBA recruit who played only three seasons before becoming addicted to drugs.
Now clean for six years, Herren told Moses and the rest of the rookies that it is important to understand what it means to be a professional.
"The Chris Herren story…really caught my attention," Moses wrote. "It doesn't matter how many times you fall, what matters is how many times you get back up. You're going to have your rough days, your bad practices, but you can't take that practice back.
"It's all about what you do from now on."