NFL expands rookie program

All rookies will now be invited into the transition program.

The NFL will expand its rookie program to include more resources designed to help with the transition to the NFL, the league announced today.

The “Rookie Transition Program,” as its now called, will be held at club facilities --  rather than by bringing all players to a central location, as it’s been done previously. Clubs can now customize the orientation to include local resources as well as information on the history and culture of the team.

Whereas the program used to be only open to drafted rookies, it now includes all rookies — drafted and undrafted.

“Our goal is to onboard every NFL rookie with the best resources and practices for a successful playing experience both on and off the field,” said Charles Way, NFL Vice President of Player Engagement.  “By shifting the model to the clubs from a centrally located program exclusive to drafted rookies, we can reach all of our rookies, introduce them to resources in their community, and afford them the experience from active and former players at their club who successfully transitioned into the NFL.”

All AFC clubs will hold their orientation June 22-24. Mandatory topics for all organizations include social responsibility, respect at work, mental health, character and values, and player engagement resources. Teams will also cover policies and player health and safety, as well as rule changes and sessions in how to handle finances and social media.

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