Northeast Ohio has apparently made a strong case for itself to become a regular host of the NFL Rookie Symposium.
The league is holding its 15th rookie symposium this week, featuring orientation at the Bertram Inn & Conference Center in Aurora, PLAY 60 youth football clinics at the Browns’ headquarters in Berea and tours of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. It’s the first time the symposium, which is designed to prepare rookies for life in the NFL, has been held in Northeast Ohio, but the league hopes it won’t be the last.
“The symposium has gone extremely well to this point,” Michael Signora, the NFL’s vice president of football communications, wrote Wednesday in an email to the Beacon Journal. “The ability to host a youth football clinic in partnership with an NFL club as well to incorporate the Hall of Fame and the rich history of our sport into the experience for rookies makes the region very attractive for us. We certainly hope to return to the area, but as we do following all events, we will meet and discuss what went well and what we need to improve on before making any final decision.”
Troy Vincent, the league’s vice president of player engagement, told the Plain Dealer, “I don’t see any reason why we won’t be back.”
The NFC rookies attended the symposium Sunday through Wednesday. The AFC rookies, including members of the Browns’ 2012 draft class, started Wednesday and will wrap up their lessons Saturday with a visit to the Hall of Fame.
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