Colts veterans offer advice to rookies

When it comes to learning how to last in the NFL, it helps to follow the examples set forth by established veterans.

They were once the new faces and remember what it took to survive in the NFL.

In the days after the NFL draft, when the Indianapolis Colts watched another crop of rookies get selected as well as undrafted hopefuls agree to terms of contracts, the established players offered advice to them.

Working hard, respecting the game, studying the playbook, paying attention to every detail in meetings and following the example set by veterans were obvious answers.

It also helps to manage money wisely. Former Colts cornerback Jerraud Powers had his agent hold back a large percentage of his first contract. He wasn’t allowed to touch it after making a few initial purchases.

The Colts recently had their rookie minicamp, so the acclimation process has begun. Offseason training activities continue through early June, culminating in mandatory mini camp.

Here’s what quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, defensive tackle Arthur Jones, kicker Adam Vinatieri and outside linebacker Trent Cole had to say about giving advice to rookies.

Phillip B. Wilson can be found on Twitter (@pwilson24), Facebook and Google+.

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