How to Survive Your NFL Rookie Season

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How to Survive Your NFL Rookie Season
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How will EJ Manuel do in his rookie season?

Want to know how to persevere through the rigors of the NFL as a rookie?

Every year, hundreds of rookies enter the NFL hoping to find a home, but only a fraction ever make it through an entire season and are left standing in the end. In 2005, that rookie was me when the Oakland Raiders selected me in Round 6 of the NFL draft.

As a guy who has been there and defied the odds despite being too slow, too small and too weak, I hope to share some insights I’ve learned along the way.

If you happen to be an NFL rookie preparing to embark on this journey, you might want to pay close attention, or else you could be subjected to the harsh realities of being cut.

If you’re just a fan of the game, then I ask you to suspend your disbelief, sit back and pretend you’re heading into a world you never dreamed possible.

You are now a rookie trying to survive your first NFL season.

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