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Ravens Rookies Soak Up Symposium


The Ravens' 2013 draft class went through their official NFL orientation the past four days, as they were in Ohio for the NFL Rookie Symposium.

The event is for all drafted rookies based on four principles, according to its website: NFL history, total wellness, experience and professionalism. 

The symposium includes presentations, videos, and workshops focused on these principles as well as other topics, including player health and safety, decision making, mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence prevention, non-discrimination, and maintaining positive relationships.

The league brings in guest speakers and former players, including Adam "Pacman" Jones, Terry "Tank" Johnson, Troy Vincent and Brian Dawkins.

Jones told the rookies there is no escaping their past. Vincent told them about the short shelf life of NFL players, and stressed professionalism.

The orientation concluded with a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Some of the Ravens rookies tweeted about their experience along the way. Here's what they had to say:

Ravens Rookie class with the Lombardi trophy. Gotta bring it back to the city this year. @profootballHOF — Marc Anthony (@May_Deuce) June 26, 2013

Hey I know this guy!!! @ProFootballHOF @Ravens — Kapron Lewis-Moore (@KLM_89) June 26, 2013

Just arrived at the pro football hall of fame and the first person I meet is a ND alum class of '73! And he had the ND tie on! #Alumni — Kapron Lewis-Moore (@KLM_89) June 26, 2013

S/O to that man @BrianDawkins though, he definitely set the bar, tune in ya heard..! — Matthew Elam (@ElamVsElo) June 26, 2013

Me and Brian Dawkins #legend — Aaron Mellette (@A_Mellette3) June 26, 2013

Learning from my I can have a better future — Kapron Lewis-Moore (@KLM_89) June 25, 2013

Success is not a's a continuous journey. #RookieSymposium — Marc Anthony (@May_Deuce) June 25, 2013

Play60 with young ones was GREAT, I was tryna make all of em dance..! #RookieSymposium — Matthew Elam (@ElamVsElo) June 25, 2013

Off to #Play60 with the kids at the Browns training facility #FDK #RookieSymposium — Kyle Juszczyk (@JuiceCheck44) June 25, 2013

I have learned so much in two days I'm a better Man already..! #RookieSymposium — Matthew Elam (@ElamVsElo) June 25, 2013

#blessed to be here! #rookiesymposium2013 — Kapron Lewis-Moore (@KLM_89) June 23, 2013

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