Packers rookies learn about life in the NFL
Tight end Jake Stoneburner. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - Life as a rookie in the NFL - it isn't easy. Sure the paycheck is nice, but before a deposit is even made, rookies are over their head's learning the playbook and carrying out every wish of the veterans. Every rookie on the team has their own role.
The more rookies there are in a position group, the cheaper the favors are, but the orders? They sure can be long.
"All the rookie DBs, we all split it up," said Micah Hyde of ordering food. "But it's actually weird because I called a restaurant the other day, and I said, 'I have a long order', and he was like, 'You're a rookie aren't you?'"
While ordering food may seem light on the rookie hazing scale, there are plenty of opportunities for team-wide humiliation.
"Guys had to go up and answer some questions and if they got them wrong they'd sing," Jake Stoneburner said.
All-in-all, the Packers crop of rookies feel as if they're getting off easy. Some have even set their own terms.
"I keep it to one favor a day, that is my one rule," said Hyde.
Meanwhile, the veterans likely appreciate Ted Thompson's "draft and develop" philosophy. As for the rookies, they know it's just part of the deal.