Broadcast ‘boot camp’ underway for NFL players

The NFL’s annual broadcast ‘boot camp’ is taking place this week for current and former NFL players.

The NFL’s annual “broadcast boot camp” is midway through the process, with 19 current and former NFL players that were scheduled to attend the event this week at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, N.J.

The four-day media boot camp covers a variety of topics, with instruction from broadcasters with CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, NFL Network, Big Ten Network, Sirius XM and Westwood One Radio. Familiar names like Kenny Albert, James Brown, Ron Jaworski and Curt Menefee make up the nearly three dozen people from the broadcast industry that will lend their expertise to their classroom of NFL players that are students for the week.

There is also an “advanced broadcast” program for boot camp graduates over the last nine years that includes one-on-one coaching and feedback from faculty members, as well as a voiceover audition with EA Sports. Players will develop their skills in play-by-play analysis, radio broadcasting, field reporting and other techniques.

From the more recognizable current players like Eric Decker and Mike Pouncey to former players like Adalius Thomas and Dave Zastudil, the students at NFL Films this week cover a variety of experiences.

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“Over the last decade, this program has resulted in numerous career opportunities for our players in the competitive broadcasting field,” said Charles Way, NFL Vice President of Player Engagement, which is a co-director of the program. “The boot camp not only provides players with the skills but also the confidence to succeed in the media industry.”

Participants will have the opportunity to earn a guest host spot with one of the league’s United Kingdom broadcasting partners during the 2016 season. Last season, former NFL players Jabari Greer and Ben Hartsock were selected to serve as studio analysts for an NFL regular-season Sunday on Sky Sports in the U.K.

Of the more than 200 players who have taken part in NFL Broadcast Boot Camp, more than one-third have earned broadcasting jobs as a result of their participation in the program, according to the NFL. Participants are selected through an application process based on NFL playing experience, essays and demonstrated interest in media.

Here are the players that were scheduled to participate in this week’s version:

NAME

TEAM

Emmanuel Acho

Free Agent

David Anderson*

Former Player (HOU, WAS)

Bobby Carpenter

Former Player (DAL, DET, MIA, NE)

Willie Colon*

Free Agent

Eric Decker

NYJ

Braylon Edwards

Former Player (CLE, NYJ, SEA, SF)

Brad Hopkins

Former Player (TEN)

James Ihedigbo

Free Agent

Rashad Johnson

TEN

Ben Leber*

Former Player (MIN, SD, STL)

Brandon London

Former Player (MIA)

Langston Moore

Former Player (ARI, DET, CIN)

Will Overstreet

Former Player (ATL)

Mike Pouncey

MIA

Marcus Price*

Former Player (BUF, NO, SD)

Marcel Reece

OAK

Stan Routt

Former Player (HOU, KC, OAK)

Geoff Schwartz

DET

Freddie Scott

Former Player (ATL, IND)

Duane Starks

Former Player (ARI, BAL, NE, OAK)

Brandon Stokley

Former Player (BAL, DEN, IND, NYG, SEA)

Adalius Thomas*

Former Player (BAL, NE)

Cleven “Tank” Williams*

Former Player (MIN, TEN)

DJ Williams

Former Player (CHI, DEN)

Dave Zastudil

Former Player (ARI, BAL, CLE)


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