This past Wednesday I had the opportunity to join Dr. Bill Chackes, Zennie Abraham, Julie Buehler, and others at the NFL Draft Media day event which was held during the NFL Play 60 Youth Festival at Chelsea Waterside Park. It was a busy morning with every member of the press looking to get some words from Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.
The Play 60 event was enjoyed by all the kids who participated and their families who watched. Before the event, the kids had a chance to play Xbox 360 Kinnect games. It got the kids going so they had energy for the real field. All the players interacted with them in every capacity. From throwing them passes to handing off the ball for running plays. The kids ran combine drills and played small heads up games.
While the press flocked around RG3 and Andrew Luck for interviews, many of the other players stood waiting for their opportunity to be interviewed. It took a while but every draft prospect did get their chance to answer questions. It was hard to see some players just standing there with no one talking to them. In the end, everyone had their quotes and every player was able to give their thoughts.
Roger Goodell thanked everyone for being there and the importance of the Play 60 program. Mike Mayock of the NFL Network gave his opinions on the draft and where he thought the teams would find their best draft prospects. It seemed more of a strategy session than an interview.
But in the end it was a success. Not just for the NFL or the draft picks, but for the kids who participated. The more interaction the players have with the youth of America, the more these kids will realize how important physical fitness is.
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