Every player that is on a NFL roster right now dreamed for years to get that opportunity. Whether the player was drafted or signed a rookie free-agent contract, the player can forever claim that he made it to the NFL. With the average NFL career only lasting a little over three years, just getting a contract is an amazing accomplishment.
Being a rookie in his first NFL minicamp is daunting. As a rookie free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1995, I was freaking out as I walked through the locker room. On one side was quarterback Randall Cunningham and running back Ricky Watters. On the other side were linebackers Bill Romanowski and Kurt Gouveia. These are players I grew up watching and just to be in the same space as them was incredible.
The one thing rookies cannot lose sight of is that they are now on the same plane as these veteran players. Maybe they have not logged the playing time in the NFL yet, but they are still NFL players and need to act like them. Here is a list of 10 things every rookie needs to do before heading off to live his dream.