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Chiefs personnel director delivers pointed message to rookies

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The arrests of Aaron Hernandez and Ausar Walcott this week should serve notice to all the rookies attending the league’s rookie symposium this week about the problems NFL players can run into off the field.

A message from new Kansas City Chiefs’ director of player personnel Chris Ballard during the symposium should serve as notice to the rookies of the struggle it will be to remain in the league altogether.

According to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, Ballard delivered a speech to the rookies attempting to express the difficulty they will face in forging a lengthy career in the NFL.

“Most of you will not be in this league three years from now. I promise you,” Ballard said. “If we had this little get-together again three years from now, I could probably cut the room, and three-quarters of you would not be in it.

“Your talent alone will not let you survive. You understand? It’s got to be more than that.”

Ballard is correct. The average length of an NFL career in little more than three seasons. For rookies entering the league, it’s a concept that’s probably difficult to grasp as most players believe they have the ability to play in the league. The message from Ballard was to inform them it will take more than ability alone to make a career in the league.

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12 Responses to “Chiefs personnel director delivers pointed message to rookies”
  1. santoryu64 says: Jun 27, 2013 12:48 AM

    I’d be shocked if all the rookies don’t become key contributors to the inevitable Chiefs Super Bowl run this year.

  2. granadafan says: Jun 27, 2013 1:04 AM

    First lesson to rookies: Learn to say NO!
    2nd lesson: Wear a condom.
    3rd lesson: Call a cab.

  3. BigBeachBall says: Jun 27, 2013 1:15 AM

    This comment has been recorded by the NSA.

  4. db105 says: Jun 27, 2013 4:38 AM

    Most won’t listen as they think they are the exception to the rule.

  5. redmanalishi says: Jun 27, 2013 6:40 AM

    All kids their age thing they are invincible. Now add into the equation talent, a lifetime of winning, people showering them with praise, six and seven figure contracts, fame. It’s not the end of their NFL career they really have to worry about, its the crash AFTER that when they have nothing left but quickly depreciating muscle cars and an Arts degree they barely earned. Spare the bling, boys.

  6. whatjusthapped says: Jun 27, 2013 7:16 AM

    Talent alone wouldn’t cut it and if you are lacking in talent, there is always the Vikings.

  7. Iknoweverything says: Jun 27, 2013 7:34 AM

    Chiefs have the best organization in the league.

  8. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 27, 2013 8:07 AM

    Off-field life is pretty simple.

    Don’t be a drug lord.
    Don’t affiliate with gang members.
    Don’t drive drunk.
    Don’t get drunk and hit people. Men or women.

  9. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 27, 2013 8:20 AM

    I’m sure this is like a blind man talking to a deaf kid.

  10. greenmeattruck says: Jun 27, 2013 8:24 AM

    They’ll probably listen to him about as much as they listened to the college Professor who’s course they SHOULD have flunked.

  11. joetoronto says: Jun 27, 2013 11:54 AM

    Iknoweverything says:
    Jun 27, 2013 7:34 AM
    Chiefs have the best organization in the league.
    ***********************************************
    Of course, that’s why they finished dead last. LOL!

  12. cometkazie says: Jun 27, 2013 2:26 PM

    db105 says:
    Jun 27, 2013 4:38 AM
    Most won’t listen as they think they are the exception to the rule.
    +-+-+’

    . . . because they haven’t been held responsible most of their adolescence.

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