NFL 2012: 5 Lessons Every Rookie Must Learn Before Stepping Foot on a Field

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NFL 2012: 5 Lessons Every Rookie Must Learn Before Stepping Foot on a Field
Jerry Lai / US Presswire

Well before Roger Goodell's four-day Rookie Symposium scheduled for the later part of June in Aurora, Ohio, the fresh pups of the NFL have been learning the differences between college and the pros.

Coaches expect more from you in less time. The holes close faster and backers hit harder. DB have incredible closing speed and defenses can mask their coverages really well. Plus don't forget about the defensive end that is breathing down your back. It takes more than just flat rate speed to get behind a corner and more than a swim move to get past a tackle. Reads are quicker, plays develop faster and hesitation kills.

But besides the garden variety of lessons to be learned between the white lines, there are five very critical points every rookie must understand off the field that will impact their careers.

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