Thirty-three NFL Legends and current players took part in the 13th annual NFL Player Engagement Broadcast Boot Camp April 1-4 at Bowling Green State University. Washington Redskins TE Vernon Davis, free agent Mark Sanchez and NFL Legend Brandon Flowers were among this year’s participants.
“We were thrilled to host a record number of participants this year in the longest running NFL Boot Camp to date, which speaks to the popularity of broadcasting careers among players,” said Arthur McAfee, NFL Senior Vice President of Player Engagement. “The high-quality training from the participating media faculty and the feedback the participants receive is an integral part of their unique transition into the evolving field of broadcasting. Player Engagement is honored to be part of that process.”
Each day of the program had a specific focus, including opportunities in sports radio and podcasts, studio show preparation and game analysis. Players received hands-on guidance and took part in mock press conferences, radio podcasts and production meetings.
In addition, six Broadcast Boot Camp graduates participated in the Advanced Broadcast Boot Camp. The advanced curriculum is designed for players who have previously completed Broadcast Boot Camp and want to enhance their training. Under the direction of veteran sports broadcaster James Brown, the participants received one-on-one coaching and feedback on their techniques as they further developed their skills.
“I chose to come back and attend the Advanced Broadcast Boot Camp because just like in football, you have to constantly practice and perfect your craft,” said Dallas Cowboys safety George Iloka. “This boot camp allowed me to practice under the supervision and coaching of some of the best broadcasters and analysts in the business.”
To date, more than 300 players have taken part in the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp. The Broadcast Boot Camp is one of several career and professional development programs NFL Player Engagement offers to current players, Legends and their families.