With rookie HOF visit scrapped, Irvin thinks valuable lesson lost

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The NFL’s drafted rookies visiting the Pro Football Hall of Fame before attending their first pro training camp over the last eight years came from a suggestion made by Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin.

Now that the NFL has eliminated the annual rookie symposium in favor of events and seminars held at individual team facilities, the Hall of Fame visit has also been scrapped. Citing the same reasons that sparked the idea, Irvin told the Canton Repository he thinks the league is making a mistake in taking away what he considers to be a very valuable history lesson.

“I don’t like it,” Irvin said. “You’re asking young men to respect and appreciate the game, but how can they when a lot of them don’t play the game for the appreciation of the game or the history of the game? A lot of them play the game to escape their history, which is the ghetto.

“I originally thought about it as I watched the draft and saw all those kids crying and saying to their moms, ‘I’m going to take care of you.’ They are aligned with that. They know the history of their mom and how she sacrificed to get them there. They’re like, ‘I’m going to get you that house. I’m going to get you what you need now.’

“It’s no different here. If you get the (NFL) history and see the ones who gave you the opportunity to have this life, how can you not appreciate it? I think it’s important for athletes in the NFL or any sport to understand the gift they’ve been given.”

Under the most recent rookie symposium format, rookies were housed in a Cleveland suburb and visited the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Individual teams made arrangements to bring their rookies to Canton starting in 2008.

19 responses to “With rookie HOF visit scrapped, Irvin thinks valuable lesson lost

  1. I agree, they need to hear how he stabbed a teammate in the neck with a pair of scissors, and was still able to have a hof career.

  2. I really respect and appreciate what Irvin’s saying. He’s spot on. Please wake up NFL league office and make this a mandatory event for all rookies.

  3. “Get drafted in Dallas where cops will look the other way when you get busted with hookers and cocaine…Worked for me.”

  4. wow that might have been the smartest thing I ever heard Irvin say. Granted the sample size is small lol

  5. I’m diggin’ the journey Mr. Irvin is on. I’d be the first to tell you he has annoyed the hell outta me… I think he’s seeing some of “him” coming back and has to call it like he sees it, in true Irvin fashion.

    That said, after watching the train wreck that was the NFL Draft 2016 on the NFL Network (WHERE was the freekin’ count down clock???), I’m pretty sure it was the logistics of the event that totally screwed this up.

    But, hey. You don’t see televised events of big conglomerates like General Electric holding public recruiting events. I don’t where a General Motors jersey…. shoot, I avoid Disney like the plague (looking at you ESPN).

    So, thanks Mr. Irvin for trying to do the right thing. Counting on your employer to do the right thing?

    Eh… not so much.

  6. I am a lifelong Philly fan, so you can imagine I really didn’t care much for Irvin. After he cleaned himself up though, my opinion has gone 180. His viewpoints owing to his own struggles are invaluable to rookies.

    Scrapping the hall visit and symposium is a bad idea. Granted, it’s not going to stop every Manziel out there, but the more life lessons those rookies get from vets like Irvin, the better.

  7. Yes he is an idiot… And what was the point? It’s not like they can’t go on their own if it appeals to them. He just wants them to come pay homage to his sorry a*$.

  8. getakluwe says:
    May 3, 2016 9:47 PM
    “Get drafted in Dallas where cops will look the other way when you get busted with hookers and cocaine…Worked for me.”

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    Cause no other NFL team/city does the same? Just ask Ray Lewis…..

  9. Michael just wants everyone to see the scissors that he cut Everett McIver’s throat with. Its really a shame that this guy has a job that pays more than minimum wage.

  10. Man it is really sad to see all these people badmouthing Irvin and the Cowboys. He has a really good point and people who hate can’t acknowledge that. I mean who makes a screen name Dallasdoesntdoitright? Some of these people hate the Cowboys more then they like their OWN team, which is really pathetic.

    I hope that these young guys do appreciate the history of the game, it does allow them to realize what an amazing opportunity it is to make millions of dollars to play a GAME.

    Oh, and go Cowboys Michael Irvin is my all time favorite player!

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