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Pacman Jones to speak at NFL rookie symposium

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If you wanted to give a young NFL player a perfect roadmap for how to derail his career, you couldn’t do much better than to tell him to follow the path of Adam “Pacman” Jones. Which is why Jones is a logical choice to speak at the NFL’s rookie symposium.

Jones told that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has called on him to participate in the rookie symposium, which takes place June 25-28. Jones says he has begun crafting his message at the symposium, which will be attended by every player chosen in this year’s NFL draft.

The message is, this is not a joke. At the end of the day you have to treat it like a business,” Jones said. “And you’re a business owner and every decision you make is a reflection of you.”

Jones was suspended for the entire 2007 season after a string of arrests, and after another off-field incident during the 2008 season with the Cowboys, he was out of the league for all of 2009. But in the last couple of years with the Bengals he has managed to stay relatively trouble-free. Which means he might have some insight for younger players about not only the bad decisions he’s made, but also how he managed to get his life back on track.

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  1. joetoronto says: Jun 13, 2012 12:25 PM

    Presenting the turd of all turds, the Bungal of all Bungals, Adam “Pacman” Jones.

    That’s what the NFL wants, super turd instructing the rookies on what to do and not do.


  2. jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 13, 2012 12:26 PM

    Who is going to speak to the rookies in english?

  3. dlem7 says: Jun 13, 2012 12:28 PM

    Good on him.

  4. rjg427 says: Jun 13, 2012 12:28 PM

    LOL…nothing beats hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth..they should set up a panel:


    oh and just for fun (to give him something to do):
    Terrell Owens, on the subject of when to keep your mouth closed

  5. PriorKnowledge says: Jun 13, 2012 12:42 PM

    Awesome… Perfect choice. What’s that old saying, “If you can’t be good, at least be a bad example.” For those that think their ‘hood friends are more important than football, Jones will set them straight. No one can teach the rookies which is better: losing street cred or losing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

  6. satanphoenix says: Jun 13, 2012 12:45 PM

    Good choice. But I don’t think anyone will top Ray Lewis’s presentation shortly after he made his plea bargain in the murder rap he almost lost his career over.

  7. nunpuncher says: Jun 13, 2012 12:46 PM

    Roger said he don’t want you going to the scrip club. I don’t think there anything wrong with going to the scrip club. But Roger don’t want you going to the scrip club period point blank.

  8. cleverbob says: Jun 13, 2012 12:47 PM

    Honestly, who would have more credibility when it comes to what to do and what not to do? The guy that kept his nose clean and his name out of the news throughout his entire NFL career, or the guy that blew damn near every important decision in his life and has had to live with the repercussions?

    It’s Scared Straight – NFL Edition.

  9. bhindenemylines says: Jun 13, 2012 12:47 PM

    Rookie: What’s your advice on strip clubs?

    Pac Man: Make sure you take $20s. Regular folk take $1s. The strippers will see you got bank and be all over your jock.

  10. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Jun 13, 2012 12:48 PM

    The metaphors just won’t stop: fox in the henhouse, turd in the punchbowl, etc………

    What Charles Manson wasn’t available? I’m sure all the young divas will be impressed.

  11. kidpresentable says: Jun 13, 2012 12:50 PM

    I hope he does that trick where he catches a bunch of punts while holding onto the balls from previously caught punts that he did on Hard Knocks. It would be like in school where they would bring in a magician who does a few tricks before telling us to stay away from drugs.

  12. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 13, 2012 12:55 PM

    I’ve been attending Titans’ games since they came to Memphis as the Oilers in ’97. And in all those years, there’s only been one Titan that I’ve EVER boo’ed: Pac-Man Jones. And, frankly, it wasn’t just on one occasion.

  13. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 13, 2012 1:14 PM

    I hope Pacman knows that the NFL wants him to talk about what not to do. What if he thinks he’s a great example of how to manage your career?

  14. 32bigg says: Jun 13, 2012 1:17 PM

    This is nice news for Pacman. A good story about turning your life around.

    I also like how mad it makes joetoronto. Keep working on that heart attack genius.

  15. pskotte says: Jun 13, 2012 1:27 PM

    Looks like Goodell believes Jones finally got straightened out and I don’t think he’s easily fooled. Even haters like joetoronto should give someone credit for turning their lives around, no matter how long it took.

  16. pnut87 says: Jun 13, 2012 1:43 PM

    Yeah, I’m still waiting to see how that “catching 6 footballs” trick is useful in a game. And who’s gonna translate for him?

  17. beelicker says: Jun 13, 2012 1:43 PM

    I think this is something like what The Old Man had in mind that Mike Brown has continued (in tribute) to this day … sometimes the second (or more) chancers can provide the most harrowing real life examples of humbly & seriously seizing the opportunity the NFL can give someone prior to pursuing “your life’s work” after football.

    My theory is that some athletes are such because of increased “attention” & reflexes far above & beyond the norm, which also predisposes them vulnerable to psychological impulsivity problems & pathological levels of narcissism, especially under circumstance of abusively absent and/or chaotic early parenting.

    Then the culture of athletics, upon identifying those with these ‘gifts’, often sets about further enabling them in pursuit of athletic excellence, all the while paradoxically providing them with a rigid structure outside themselves with which to focus & hone their ‘gifts’.

  18. redlightrieman says: Jun 13, 2012 2:01 PM

    “Thank You Adam”…. “Now I would like to welcome Plaxico to speak to you guys about firearms and firearm safety”

  19. jimboonie says: Jun 13, 2012 2:07 PM

    I remember this guy having one good year as a punt returner. Other than that, was he ever any good?

  20. granadafan says: Jun 13, 2012 2:25 PM

    Good choice. I hope Pacman gives advice about losing the posses that are full of shady people from the hood who would put the players in bad situations and leach them for as much money as they can get.

    By the way, according to Pacman, it’s “scrip clubs” not “strip club”. If they can get someone to translate for him, his message will be well received.

  21. dapackrepeat says: Jun 13, 2012 2:34 PM

    And the headline story three days after the rookie symposium:

    Pacman Jones Arrested for (insert your criminal activity here).

  22. bigbluefan1 says: Jun 13, 2012 3:02 PM

    What was Mike Vick and his brother to busy walking the dogs.

  23. jm91rs says: Jun 13, 2012 3:37 PM

    jimboonie says: Jun 13, 2012 2:07 PM

    I remember this guy having one good year as a punt returner. Other than that, was he ever any good?


    no, but if anyone (marvin lewis specifically) would use him as a returner again I can guarantee he’d have another breakout year. Sadly Marvin prefers to use mediocre returners that do a little dance on the field before getting crushed for a 2 yard return. He also likes them to fumble more frequently than Pacman would.

  24. 2dollarpbrs says: Jun 13, 2012 3:44 PM

    Is he going to teach the rookies how to make it rain?

  25. packhawk04 says: Jun 13, 2012 3:47 PM

    You are your own business, everything you do is a reflection of yourself.

    Pretty damn good advice if you ask me, regardless of who says it.

  26. pesh00 says: Jun 13, 2012 3:49 PM

    Rule #1 – avoid fights when trying to make it rain in strip clubs.
    Rule #2 – avoid fights with your own bodyguards
    Rule #3 – avoid nicknames at the time of above said incidents otherwise everytime you do something bad you will be referenced as such (see Pacman vs Adam Jones)

  27. EJ says: Jun 13, 2012 4:47 PM

    It should be Pacman Jones followed by Michael Vick, Jonathan Vilma and Travis Henry. The lesson would be to stay away from criminal activity, don’t treat animals bad and keep your di-k in your pants.

  28. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Jun 13, 2012 4:53 PM

    “You’re a business owner, and every decision you make is a reflection of you…”

    What exactly is that supposed to mean to these kids? I’d be shocked if more than a handful of them have ever had jobs.

    A business owner, to them, is the guy who tells them to clear off the premises before he calls the cops.

    “Oh, and if you f up repeatedly, there’ll still be a team talent-poor at your position, willing to give you a 2nd, 3rd, 15th chance, so don’t sweat it. Peace!”

  29. beelicker says: Jun 13, 2012 5:37 PM


    Jones had injury issues last season, which led to him pulling up after 63yds with a groin injury (before he could take it to the house). His only other PR last season yielded 4 yds. Once he gained the field from early injuries the secondary situation forced him into immediate nickel duty & eventually he was starting down the stretch, so no risking the groin w/ further special teams duty.

    WR Brandon Tate otherwise returned punts for the Bengals, averaging 10.6 yards on 51 punt returns (#8 in AFC) & 23.8 yards (#7 in AFC) on 42 kickoff returns …

    Tate may start opposite AJ Green, so Jones may possibly see significant action at PR in 2012 IF he even makes it onto the 53.

  30. garyreazons55 says: Jun 13, 2012 6:32 PM

    Pacman is good.

    But hopefully, the NFL can get guys who can give the rookies advice on stewarding their money well.

  31. racksie says: Jun 13, 2012 6:56 PM

    The over under on “scrip club” references: 13. Of course, we know “there ain’t nothin’ wrong with going to the “scrip club”, right? I hear he likes the food.

  32. mwindle1973 says: Jun 13, 2012 7:01 PM

    This will be Jones’ first season since 2006 that he will be able to participate in all off season activities and not have a suspension to serve. He’s had injuries trying to work his way back to football shape, and he had a suspension too. He played for Leon Hall after Hall tore his achilles. Jones was limited by injury the rest of the season but had a pretty strong year considering. If he can stay healthy, he has a chance to go through the whole offseason process, and preseason, and a whole 16 game season. He’s going into his 3rd year in the Zimmer D and he finally got some significant game experience in it last year. I expect he’s going to be a high impact player this year. And he will likely win the PR job and perhaps the KR job too. He still has the chops to be a home run threat at PR. But they have him playing 10x smarter than he ever played in TEN. He’s basically spent 2.5 years in the Zimmer school of rehabilitation.

  33. mwindle1973 says: Jun 13, 2012 7:02 PM

    His name isn’t Pacman.

  34. mwindle1973 says: Jun 13, 2012 7:09 PM

    jm91rs says: Jun 13, 2012 3:37 PM

    jimboonie says: Jun 13, 2012 2:07 PM

    I remember this guy having one good year as a punt returner. Other than that, was he ever any good?


    no, but if anyone (marvin lewis specifically) would use him as a returner again I can guarantee he’d have another breakout year. Sadly Marvin prefers to use mediocre returners that do a little dance on the field before getting crushed for a 2 yard return. He also likes them to fumble more frequently than Pacman would.

    He did return one punt last year. It was his first play of the season after missing half the season recovering from neck surgery. He had a 63 yd return but pulled his hamstring on the play. So he was out 1 week, but then Leon Hall tore his achilles. And Jones had to come back to play the #1 CB spot. The hamstring never completely healed and he tweaked his groin as a result of compensating for the hamstring injury. But he made it through the season. I think Marvin wants to use him as the PR, he’s just never been healthy enough, in good enough shape, or available enough. If Jones stays reasonably healthy, this is the year he gets the PR job. Maybe the KR too. They’ve already hinted at it, in recent press conferences.

  35. billhicks666 says: Jun 13, 2012 7:23 PM

    I hope they have an interpreter present.

  36. badintent says: Jun 14, 2012 2:55 AM

    The low point was when he was on” Joes vs. Pros,” he got beat and trashed talked the whole time by the Joe. Wake up call when John Smith is beating you on double move. hahahaha

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