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Daily Madden: NFL Rookies Need History Lessons

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Eric Reid (C) of the LSU Tigers holds his daughter Leilani as they stand with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they hold up a jersey on stage after Reid was picked #18 overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Eric Reid (C) of the LSU Tigers holds his daughter Leilani as they stand with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they hold up a jersey on stage after Reid was picked #18 overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The NFL rookie symposium is underway in Aurora, Ohio.

“I think it’s a great idea,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew. “I think we would really be remiss if we didn’t do it.”

The symposium, mandatory for all rookies, is a three-day course about their responsibilities and the risks associated with their high-paid, high-profile positions. They do learn some NFL history, but Madden would like to see more.

“I would like them to spend more time at the Hall of Fame and more time on the history of the NFL and pro football, and kind of learn the basics,” John said. “They talk about the shield, and representing the shield and representing the guys that played before you and all that stuff. A lot of them have never seen that. They have no idea what you’re talking about. I’ve always said we don’t do a good job of history in pro football. I’d rather see a bigger emphasis on that.”

Madden said baseball does a better job.

“They honor their history. They have old-timers days. They bring old teams together,” John said. “In football, it’s just like an ex-player is just an old guy. Who’s that old guy standing around there?” (7:45)

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM.
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