Bills WR David Nelson's Guide to Surviving Training Camp for Rookies

David Nelson

Last season, wide receiver David Nelson pulled off the near-impossible: as an undrafted rookie free agent he survived training camp to not only make an NFL roster but become an important member of the team. Avoiding the potential pitfalls of camp is difficult for any rookie, even highly-paid first-round picks – let alone for nameless undrafted rookies.

Therefore,  Nelson must have done something right in order to get through camp unscathed last season. Fortunately for this year’s rookies, Nelson has decided to share the top 10 lessons he learned in camp last year via his Twitter feed.

We’ll re-print his tips here. While his tips are geared toward surviving NFL training camp: a lot these tips translate to any job:

10 things I learned as a rookie at last years Training Camp…
#10. Make sure cell phones are turned off before EVERY meeting. All the way off.
#9. Don’t eat anything you don’t want to see come back up again.
#8. When they give you a time for a meeting, be there 10 minutes earlier than that.
#7. ALWAYS wear sandals in the shower :-O
#6. Never call a teammate the wrong name.
#5. When a vet tells you to carry his pads in, you do it. (Thanks Dez)
#4. Become best friends with the equipment managers.
#3. NEVER ask an o-linemen if they’ve lost weight.
#2. Check your jock before putting it on every time. And if you mess up, don’t hop in the shower.. Icy Hot only gets worse with water.
#1. ALWAYS sign autographs and interact with fans for a few minutes after practice.
Thanks David. Any of Buffalo’s undrafted rookies or “regular” drafted rookies would be wise to listen to your counsel.

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