Each year the NFL cycles in a new wave of rookies, all eager for their shot at the professional level. Currently, the Oakland Raiders have a total of 28 rookies on the roster, and they recently participated in the team's annual rookie symposium to learn more about life in the NFL. These young men encounter many scenarios as professional athletes, and preparing them for said events or situations is important.
Former Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison stopped by to share his experiences with the rookies, and try to impart some wisdom on them. While he touched on a variety of topics, Morrison honed in on what it means to be a member of the Silver and Black, and the mentality that comes with it.
While the importance of holding yourself to a higher standard is imperative as a Raider, former Pro Bowl linebacker LaMarr Woodley wanted to share with the next generation that life is much greater than just football. He noted that playing in the league is obviously an opportunity not many people get to experience, so use it to your advantage to grow and prepare for life after football.
Quarterback Derek Carr also made an appearance to help prepare the young guns for what lies ahead. The Raiders chalked up an impressive 12-4 record in 2016, and were back in the playoff picture for the first time in 14 years, but the team wants more. The team's signal-caller pointed out that just because they've made it to the NFL doesn't mean they're here to say. It's a harsh reality, but he instructed them to give their opportunity here everything they have, considering they're all fighting for a roster spot.
Jumping from college to the pros can be intimidating for a lot of rookies, but it's because of events like this that help the rookies form a better grasp on understanding what's expected of them.