Not long after the Dallas Cowboys opened training camp, we were reminded of the tradition that entails rookies carrying the pads after practice of veteran players.
We were reminded of it because Cowboys rookie receiver Dez Bryant refused to do it.
But more rookies go along with it. Though some (including whoever came up with the title to the video appearing below) may call it hazing, Jags running back Maurice Jones-Drew recently explained to Dan Patrick that carrying pads isn’t hazing.
“I think humbling and hazing are two different things,” Jones-Drew said. “I think carrying someone’s pads is a humbling gesture. Hazing would be if someone puts their
hands on you and leaving marks. The whole Dez Bryant thing is he has to pay his
dues. When you first get a job, you have to work your way up.”
Dolphins rookie Travis Ivey recently worked his way up by stacking pads up on his shoulders. He spoke about it on camera with the pads on, creating the impression that he had suffered a squashed neck during practice.