Pacman Jones’ message at rookie symposium 'resonates' with Geno Smith
In light of those intentions, he spoke at the recent NFL’s Rookie Symposium and had a room full of attentive youngsters at his disposal. As rookies enter their first-year in the league, their drafting teams are taking up measures via the Rookie Symposium to ensure that the youngsters are able to adjust to their new life as an NFL and quickly learn lessons on how to stay out of trouble.
Jones’ speech also caught the attention of New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith, who said Jones' message resonated with him due to the veteran's past run-ins with the law, which included an arrest in early June for assaulting a woman.
“He's using his past trials and tribulations to help us as rookies. You can see how those decisions will affect him. It will affect all of us if we follow down that same path,” Smith said via the News-Herald (Ohio). “It does resonate more because he's a guy who had a tremendous amount of talent and high expectations, but he let some bad decisions affect him on and off the field."
However, this wasn’t the first time Smith had heard Jones speak. Both players were drafted out of West Virginia so it’s not been that difficult to start up a conversation whenever the occasion has presented itself in the past.
"He's a West Virginia guy, so I've had many conversations with him," added Smith. "He's always been a guy who preached don't make the same mistakes he's done. He's made a lot of mistakes in his career, but he's still standing strong and working hard."
This wasn’t Jones’ first time speaking to the rookie symposium as he is a great model for the subject based on his off-field history. He also addressed the rookie symposium in 2012.