CLEAVELAND, Oh. (WLFI) - The 2012 National Football League Rookie Symposium wrapped up Saturday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Nearly 150 rookies drafted by AFC teams, including the draft's first overall pick Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts, received a history lesson during the three-hour visit to the Hall of Fame.
The core teaching principles of the symposium are NFL history, experience, player expectations, and professional and social responsibility.
The four-day orientation, most of which was held in nearby Aurora, Ohio, included presentations, videos, and workshops focused on these important principles as well as other topics, including player health and safety, decision making and maintaining positive relationships which should help the rookies ease into their professional life.
Easing is one word Andrew Luck probably wouldn't use to describe his job of taking over for Peyton Manning as the Franchise QB. One of many topics Luck talked with the media about was preparing to win from day one.
"I don't think you prepare to lose by any means. We are preparing to win, you try to win so I don't want to lose and I don't want to be apart of a losing team. I don't think anyone wants to be a part of a losing team. Obviously there will be road blocks and I need to understand the rookie year can be long and strenuous but I'm trying to approach every game with a winning attitude and I know it's terribly cliché but you have to do that," said Andrew Luck.
The Stanford graduate also talked about the time he's spent with his new team so far and the excitement of heading to Anderson for training camp on July 28th.
"I think having to go back to school and missing out on those reps with Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie and all the guys and trying to play catch up a little bit has been the hardest part. I'm thankful we have time before training camp and then training camp to get all those reps in but I think off-seasons are so critical and establishing a relationship with wide receivers, tide ends, running backs and the offensive line just letting them hear your cadence. That part has been the toughest," said Luck.
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