Mike Freeman’s 10-Point Stance: Do NFL Players Really Have ‘Fall Guys’?

August 26, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

1. The Fall Guy
I've covered several NFL rookie symposiums. Once, some years ago, I was part of a panel that spoke to hundreds of players about dealing with the media. It was one of the more fascinating moments of my career. My life, actually. 
There was no mention of a fall guy.
The NFL gets things wrong. We all know that. But the league also gets stuff right, and the symposium is an example of that. It might be at the top of the list. It is an amazing thing to see, and many of the rookies are into it. For some, what they take away from the symposium stays with them forever. Others don't get it. The objectives are lost on them. Those are the players whose names we later read on a police blotter.
The questions players ask at the symposium are smart and their dedication is evident. When I spoke, it felt like I was talking to future CEOs. In many ways, that's what NFL players are. They are their own brand. Their own company.
There is cursing at these symposi...

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