NFL axing Hall of Fame visits for rookies

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As part of a potentially ill-advised decision by the NFL to shut down its annual rookie symposium, the league will no longer be sending rookies to the Hall of Fame.

Pro Football Talk brought this information to light Tuesday evening, citing an email sent by NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy.

McCarthy said “teams will incorporate their own history into the sessions and also include former players in mentoring roles for all their rookies – drafted and undrafted,” per PFT.

Additionally, the plan “gives clubs the opportunity to customize the orientation program to align with the history and culture of their team, including the use of former players to foster and promote mentoring relationships between incoming rookies and club legends.”

As we touched on in our original story, the decision to shut down the symposium for this alternate solution could prove disastrous. And, McCarthy’s own statement further points out the reason why.

Some NFL franchises have a better track record than others of being trustworthy when it comes to adhering to a high standard. Some owners don’t seem to have any issue with signing players who have consistently displayed questionable character, while others strictly enforce high standards from the top down.

This means that some rookies will be getting better experiences than others, of that you can be sure.

On top of that, now the NFL is taking away a trip to its Hall of Fame that could potentially help certain players appreciate the history of the game in a way they never could without it.