Lefeged’s case highlights loophole in Rookie Symposium


It never will be known whether Colts safety Joe Lefeged would have avoided an arrest on weapons charges if he had the benefit of attending the Rookie Symposium.  It’s possible, if not probable, that he still would have gotten in to trouble.

But at least the effort to provide Lefeged with the full extent of the information provided at the annual event for first-year players would have been made.

Only drafted players attend the Rookie Symposium, as Ross Tucker explained during Friday’s PFT Live.  Undrafted players don’t, presumably due to the high cost of sending them and the reality that most will never make it in the NFL.

Those who do, like Lefeged, should be asked to go to the Rookie Symposium before the start of their second season.

Of course, even if undrafted players were invited as rookies, it wouldn’t have mattered for Lefeged.  The NFL scrapped the event in 2011, due to the lockout.

Moving forward, Lefeged’s case hopefully will prompt the NFL to consider whether undrafted rookies should be asked to attend the event once they have proven themselves capable of securing and holding a roster spot.

15 responses to “Lefeged’s case highlights loophole in Rookie Symposium

  1. Its only a matter of time till advertisers start pulling out. NFL players killing the golden goose.

  2. So without the benefit of a symposium this guy is otherwise clueless about gun control laws? Did he also miss the talks about not staring directly into the sun or peeing into the wind?

  3. @captainwisdom8888

    Exactly! I mean, when will people see all the good things that gangs have to offer? All the community services they volunteer for, the general community wellness they bring to their area, and the caring, loving, respectful way they act towards others? Gangs are such a good thing….

  4. Yeah, the rookie symposium is just too important, I just can’t imagine what players do without it.

    How else will NFL players learn that carrying around an unregistered weapon with ammunition and an open container is a bad idea?

    Get with it, NFL.

  5. > The undrafted guys never earn enough money to get in trouble.

    Except for that guy on the Browns who’s getting charged with attempted murder. What does money have to do with getting in trouble? Strange comment

  6. I doubt it would have made a difference. I applaud the rookie symposium for attempting to inform and educate, but honestly, the people who most need to hear it never seem to be the ones who are listening. It’s too bad that some of these players, blessed with the opportunity of a lifetime, find it such an insurmountable challenge just to be decent, law-abiding human beings.

  7. Seminars and symposiums will not work. Hold each player accountable for their stupidity. When they see their friends and idols they just MAY get a clue

  8. You never really know what might have happened. It is possible he might have gotten in even more trouble after attending the symposium. Maybe he would have never been arrested for a gun charge and would have actually murdered someone. You honestly can’t play the “what if” game to any certainty so it’s pretty pointless.

  9. Colleges should just require a class that goes over laws and how to live within the rules.

  10. “Moving forward, Lefeged’s case hopefully will prompt the NFL to consider whether undrafted rookies should be asked to attend the event once they have proven themselves capable of securing and holding a roster spot”

    The only way undrafted rookies can prove themselves capable of earning a roster spot is by being on the roster when the season starts. When the season starts, teams will expect for their players to be focused on practicing so sending them to a rookie symposium at that time would actually hurt their chances of sticking to a roster.

    Instead, the league should have similar programs of small scale during training camp for each of the 32 teams that way they won’t take away from practice time, won’t have to pay for the travel and logistics of having the rookies attend one central meeting, and still get their point across.

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