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Rookies lose valuable learning tool

Canceled symposium means Class of 2011 is an experiment -- and not a good one

Originally Published: May 31, 2011
By Ross Tucker | ESPN.com

"That's all well and good, but what happens if the witch hits you first? I'm not going to just stand there and take it."

When I heard those words come out of the mouth of one of our better players, I realized just how different an environment I was in and how vital programs like the one we were taking part in really were.

It was 2001 and I was a rookie with the Washington Redskins taking part in a mandatory player program at the team's facility in Ashburn, Va. We had just sat ...

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