It would be easy for us to discuss how asking Pacman Jones to speak to the 2012 rookie class could backfire on the NFL.
We could discuss how Pacman could go on stage and give the rookies his top 10 strip clubs. Or we could discuss how Pacman could give the rookies his ideal number of people to have in their posse. But we won’t do any of that, even though we just did. What we will do is attempt to show you what the NFL is apparently thinking by asking Pacman Jones to do this.
And that is, don’t be like Pacman Jones.
The NFL is hoping Adam “Pacman” Jones can help the 2012 rookie class not make the same off-the-field mistakes that have defined his pro career.
The Cincinnati Bengals cornerback told the team’s website that the league has asked him to be part of a panel discussion at the rookie symposium, which will be held June 24-30 in Ohio, and that he has agreed to participate.
“The message is, this is not a joke. At the end of the day you have to treat it like a business,” he told the team’s website. “And you’re a business owner, and every decision you make is a reflection of you.”
“What you do on the field, what you do off the field, it’s all a reflection of you,” Jones told the Bengals’ website. “Going to the club here, going to the club there. Having 100 people with you. Checking your advisers, your accountants. Just basic stuff.”
All jokes aside, you have to believe that having Pacman deliver this message to the rookies has a far better chance of resonating with them than some guy in a suit.
It’s a good move by both Pacman and the NFL.