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Fins rookie has fun with pad-carrying ritual

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.

 
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10 Responses to “Fins rookie has fun with pad-carrying ritual”
  1. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Aug 3, 2010 8:21 AM

    Hopefully this puts a better perspective on this whole deal. Humbling, not hazing.
    I hope Dez sees this.

  2. No-Neck says: Aug 3, 2010 8:36 AM

    This looks hillarious. Looks like a Transformer or one of those Robo-Sapien toys.

  3. realitypolice says: Aug 3, 2010 8:54 AM

    I’m glad this got onto YouTube. That way Travis can save it to his computer and watch it when he gets home from work selling used cars to remember when he was in an NFL training camp once.

  4. Robski says: Aug 3, 2010 9:09 AM

    I don’t think it was so much of the fact that Dez was asked to carry the pads, it was who. If it were Miles Austin, I bet Dez would’ve gritted his teeth and done it. But the fact it was Roy Williams, the most overpayed undertalented wide reciever in football, and a guy who is probably going to lose his job to Dez, that made him not want to do it. Think about it, if you were hired in the same position as a guy who is a constant screw up, and he told you to get him a coffee, would any response other than “Go F___ Yourself” be appropriate?

  5. plt2006 says: Aug 3, 2010 9:23 AM

    The Dolphins rookie’s spoof is hilarious. MJD’s (and really the rest of the NFL’s) take on this is ignorant.
    This whole pads thing would qualify as hazing in an educational institution. It’s a ritual inflicted upon new members as a “right of passage”. It’s not in their contracts, it’s not a clearly stated expectation of employment, and it is entirely peer enforced. It has nothing to do with actually making you be a better football player. Just like making rookies stand up at meals and sing their college fight song, this is hazing. Current hazing laws don’t apply though, as none that I’ve seen extend to the arena of employment law.
    And yes, “way back when I played hs football” I carried other (older) players pads, as did almost all the young players. It was hazing then, and its hazing now. Is it the most serious form of hazing? No. Just like a moving violation is breaking the law, the pad carrying thing is hazing.

  6. jwill007 says: Aug 3, 2010 9:25 AM

    1 rook has fun with it and the other -itches about and sprains his ankle and is out 4-6 weeks…..Well Karma is a -itch! should have carried those pads Dez…lol
    Actually John Kitna is still throwing passes behind WR’s causing them to bend in starange ways to make thee catch thus the injury??? LOL
    Props to the MIami rook for showing these damn maxi pad wearing Divas how its done…..

  7. ThePlainTruth says: Aug 3, 2010 9:32 AM

    Dez is an idiot, plain and simple.

  8. Paracelsus says: Aug 3, 2010 9:55 AM

    Where would be without your insightful comment, ThePlainTruth. Go back to your plain, simplistic planet.

  9. texasPHINSfan says: Aug 3, 2010 12:42 PM

    “plt2006 says:
    August 3, 2010 9:23 AM
    The Dolphins rookie’s spoof is hilarious. MJD’s (and really the rest of the NFL’s) take on this is ignorant.
    This whole pads thing would qualify as hazing in an educational institution. It’s a ritual inflicted upon new members as a “right of passage”. It’s not in their contracts, it’s not a clearly stated expectation of employment, and it is entirely peer enforced. It has nothing to do with actually making you be a better football player. Just like making rookies stand up at meals and sing their college fight song, this is hazing. Current hazing laws don’t apply though, as none that I’ve seen extend to the arena of employment law.
    And yes, “way back when I played hs football” I carried other (older) players pads, as did almost all the young players. It was hazing then, and its hazing now. Is it the most serious form of hazing? No. Just like a moving violation is breaking the law, the pad carrying thing is hazing. ”
    ————————————————-
    You obviously have never been in any fraternal order of anything. I’m an ex-football player a military veteran. There is a huge difference between hazing and paying your dues. MJD had it right.
    You could not be more wrong.
    This video proves how ridiculous the whole issue is. It’s just about humbling yourself and showing you’re willing to play ball with the team to earn their respect. Nothing more.

  10. igor79 says: Aug 3, 2010 10:12 PM

    All the Rookies that make the NFL were a big deal at their colleges. They come in and have to be humbled a little bit and see that they are a small part in a big machine. It’s also a bonding experience the rookies grow together, the second year players get to feel they are a part of the team now, the veterans put themselves in leadership rolls by the way they deal with hazing.
    When you go through hardships, when you are done with them it makes you feel much better.
    When the rookies stop getting hazed they can feel that much more part of the team.

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