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NFL wants to keep Rookie Symposium in Ohio

Robert Griffin III

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III talks to reporters during a youth clinic as part of the NFL football rookie symposium at the Cleveland Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio Tuesday, June 26, 2012. A former Baylor basketball player is facing a federal extortion charge for allegedly threatening to release “derogatory information” about Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III unless he was paid. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Griffin, the Baylor quarterback who was the No. 2 overall draft choice of the Washington Redskins, was the target of the alleged extortion attempt. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because authorities had not disclosed the fact. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)


The second half of the NFL Rookie Symposium kicked off on Wednesday when the AFC rookies arrived for their four-day stay at the league’s orientation for new players.

Rookies from the NFC got the first crack at listening to speeches from the likes of Michael Vick and Chris Herren, the former NBA player whose career went up in smoke thanks to drug addiction. They closed their stay in Northeast Ohio with a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, a field trip that the NFL wants future rookies to take as well. That means doing future symposiums in the same neck of the woods, something NFL V.P. of player engagement Troy Vincent would like to see happen.

“This is our objective,” Vincent said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I don’t see any reason why we won’t be back. Logistically, it makes all the sense in the world.”

Past symposiums have been in Florida, California and Virginia, but the league thinks the ability to visit the Hall is essential to the mission of educating rookies about the history and traditions of the league. Since that probably won’t happen if the symposium is held anywhere else, it’s a good bet that the rookies will be coming to the area for years to come.