Is Adam “Pacman” Jones A Good Choice To Speak At The 2012 NFL Rookie Symposium?
Five years ago, Adam “Pacman” Jones was the last guy you would’ve expected the NFL to invite to a league-sanctioned symposium designed to help rookies transition to life in the NFL. He was, more or less, Public Enemy No. 1 as far as NFL players went. After a wild shootout involving Pacman occurred in a Las Vegas nightclub during NBA All-Star Weekend in February 2007, he was banned from the league, suspended indefinitely, and, by all indications, a guy who would never be allowed to put on an NFL uniform again. Yet, five years later, Pacman isn’t just back in the NFLâ€”he currently plays cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengalsâ€”he’s also being asked by the NFL to talk to the incoming rookie class about how to be a consummate professional at the 2012 NFL Rookie Symposium.
It’s almost too unbelievable to believe. Over the course of his relatively short career, Pacman has been arrested numerous times on a bunch of different charges. He’s appeared in courtrooms almost as often as he’s appeared on the football field. He’s been on a handful of different teams so far, including the Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, and the Bengals, and burned bridges a number of times due to his off-the-field-behavior. And yet, he is being tasked with the job of telling NFL rookies how they need to start living their lives once they enter the NFL. It’s so strange. So surreal. Soâ€¦Well, now that we think about it, so perfect.
You see, Pacman is exactly who NFL rookies need to hear from right now. Although he’s still not completely out of the woods when it comes to legal issuesâ€”he received probation back in January after being arrested for disorderly conduct at a Cincinnati bar last Julyâ€”Pacman is a shining example of how young, promising players can ruin their careers by hanging out at clubs, chilling with the wrong crowd, and making bad decisions on a regular basis. Additionally, every single player who attends this year’s rookie symposium will have heard the name “Pacman.” So, he’ll have some credibility when he talks to them. And, maybe most importantly, it sounds like he wants to talk to the rookies. He wants them to avoid making the same mistakes he did.
“The message is, this is not a joke,” Pacman told the Bengals website recently when asked what he is going to tell the young players. “At the end of the day, you have to treat [your NFL career] like a business. And you’re a business owner and every decision you make is a reflection of youâ€¦What you do on the field, what you do off the field, it’s all a reflection of you. Going to the club here, going to the club there. Having 100 people with you. Checking your advisors, your accountants. Just basic stuff.”
Five years ago, Adam “Pacman” Jones was the lastÂ guy you would’ve expected the NFL to invite to the rookie symposium. Yet, here he is. And, you know what? That’s great for the NFL and for Pacman. We can’t wait to see what he has to say.