|Darren McFadden poses with Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown (left).
Fifteen rookies from the Oakland Raiders, including first round draft pick Darren McFadden, visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame for a private tour on Wednesday. The team’s visit is a new element of the NFL’s rookie orientation initiatives. Each of the NFL’s 32 clubs will travel to Canton to allow rookies the opportunity to learn about the league’s history and heritage, focusing on the achievements of NFL greats who paved the way for the players of today.
Joining the Raiders rookies on their private, behind-the-scenes look at the Hall of Fame were three of the team’s Pro Football Hall of Famers – Willie Brown, Mike Haynes and Ted Hendricks. The former Raiders greats added personal stories that enhanced the rookies overall experience. Following the tour of the museum, the rookies were shown a special film produced by NFL Films and then listened as Brown, Haynes and Hendricks shared insight into the personal commitment needed to achieve a high level in the NFL.
The idea for the NFL Rookie Orientation Visits to Canton was inspired by Class of 2007 enshrinee Michael Irvin during a conversation with Commissioner Roger Goodell last summer in Canton.
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