An open letter to every NFL rookie
Dear NFL Rookie,
Congratulations on having your lifelong dream come true. You have been drafted by a pro team or signed as a free agent and are now associated with the enormously popular National Football League. I am sure this is an extremely exciting time for you, and I am thrilled that you have this opportunity.
But the truth is you haven't made it unless you are
Some of your rookie brethren already realize this. Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick
I know you will be tempted to hang out with the other guys, and will want to act like you are one of them and belong, and not have them think that you are a book worm or a guy who has to try too hard to succeed. You already have plenty of friends. Make sure you have a job.
If you have to go over the footwork or the hand techniques in your hotel room at night by yourself, so be it. It takes time to train your body to do something, and every rep helps get you more comfortable with what the new coach is teaching you. Practice it -- it will help.
Some of the older guys may give you some flak and tell you to chill out, but remember what I said about friends earlier. You have enough already. It is time to get paid to play football.
That means you should also take some of those free Gatorades and waters in those coolers back to your hotel room as well. For one, you have to stay hydrated to perform to the best of your abilities. Secondly, you'll have to pay for those some day, and those little Gatorade bottles are more expensive than you think.
That's all I've got for you. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an e-mail in the box above right. As a matter of fact, make sure you ask me and not one of your new veteran teammates. They may or may not tell you the truth. After all, this is a business and they are trying to provide for their families. Quite frankly, helping you isn't really on the agenda. Especially if you play the same position.