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    FSU's Benjamin and Freeman to take part in NFLPA Rookie Premiere

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    Former Florida State stars Kelvin Benjamin and Devonta Freeman will each participate in the annual NFLPA Rookie Premiere. Details below, courtesy of the NFL Players Association:

    LOS ANGELES, May 27, 2014 - More than 35 top rookies from the 2014 NFL Draft class will come together in Los Angeles May 29-31 to learn the business of football at the 20th annual NFLPA Rookie Premiere. A robust roster of business partners will be on site to grow their brands and promote their products through the utilization of group player rights facilitated by NFL Players Inc. (NFLPI).

    The 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere partners include Panini America, Topps, Nike, EA SPORTS, Pepsi, USA TODAY Sports, Bose, élevée, Uber, Original Retro Brand, and Fandeavor.

    The three-day event, hosted by NFLPI, the marketing and licensing arm of the NFLPA, will also feature one of the most thrilling moments for any rookie - wearing their official Nike team uniforms for the first time during photo shoots with trading card companies Panini America and Topps at LA Memorial Coliseum.

    "There is no event more important for NFL Players Inc. partners than NFLPA Rookie Premiere," said Panini America Vice President of Marketing Jason Howarth. "The content that's captured and the long-term relationships developed with players during the week set the stage for our entire NFL product calendar and are key elements in driving our products for the 2014 season and beyond."

    Throughout the event, players will gain information to assist in the development of their professional careers. The union's annual orientation includes seminars focused on financial planning, brand building, group player rights, and social media best practices. Among the featured guest speakers are former and active NFL players Marshall Faulk, Willie McGinest, Torry Holt, Brandon Williams, Daunte Culpepper, Kevin Bentley, Jamaal Charles, Israel Idonije, and Austin Pettis. Additional speakers include NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and NFLPI President Keith Gordon.

    "NFLPA Rookie Premiere is an unparalleled opportunity for our partners to engage with tomorrow's most influential athletes today," said NFL Players Inc. President Keith Gordon. "For the first time as professionals, players will learn about the business of football from fellow players, union leadership, and industry experts as they start to build a game plan to succeed beyond their playing careers."

    Launched in Los Angeles in 1994, NFLPA Rookie Premiere is unique across professional sports as the event provides business partners with unmatched access to many of the NFL's most promising and marketable young stars. Each year, NFLPI facilitates approximately 100 individual player service deals for NFLPA Rookie Premiere participants. The event also generates numerous opportunities for current and former players.

    Among the rookies participating in the 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere are quarterback Blake Bortles (Central Florida, Jacksonville Jaguars), quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville, Minnesota Vikings), defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina, Houston Texans), wide receiver Marqise Lee (Southern Cal, Jacksonville Jaguars), linebacker Khalil Mack (Buffalo, Oakland Raiders), quarterback Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M, Cleveland Browns), and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (Clemson, Buffalo Bills). A complete list of participants can be found below and at nflplayers.com.

    For the first time, five players who competed in the 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will participate. These players include linebacker Kevin-Pierre Louis (Boston College, Seattle Seahawks), quarterback Connor Shaw (South Carolina, Cleveland Browns), defensive lineman Khyri Thornton (Southern Miss, Green Bay Packers), tight end Asa Watson (N.C. State, New England Patriots), and linebacker Avery Williamson (Kentucky, Tennessee Titans).

    Media and fans can follow official accounts on Twitter (@NFLPA@NFLPlayersInc), Facebook (NFLPA), Google+ (+NFLPA), Instagram (NFLPA) and YouTube (NFL Players Association) and via #RookiePremiere for updates, exclusive photos, video, and news throughout 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere.

    About NFL Players Inc.
    NFL Players Inc. is the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association. NFLPI has been a trusted resource since 1994, delivering access to the influence, power and personal stories of NFL players. NFLPI is a "one-stop shop" for businesses seeking licensing rights, access to players through hospitality and events, marketing strategy and player procurement. For more information, please visit nflplayers.com.
     

    About the NFL Players Association
    Established in 1956, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is a non-profit, professional sports union. The NFLPA represents all NFL players in matters concerning wages, hours and working conditions and protects their rights as professional football players; ensures that the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement are met; negotiates and monitors retirement and insurance benefits; provides other member services and activities; provides assistance to charitable and community organizations; and enhances and defends the image of players and their profession, on and off the field. For more information, visit www.NFLPlayers.com

     

    2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere Participant Roster*

    LAST

    FIRST

    POS

    SCHOOL

    TEAM

    Adams

    Davante

    WR

    Fresno State

     Green Bay Packers

    Archer

    Dri

    RB

    Kent State

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    Beckham

    Odell, Jr.

    WR

    Louisiana State

    New York Giants

    Benjamin

    Kelvin

    WR

    Florida State

    Carolina Panthers

    Bortles

    Blake

    QB

    Central Florida

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    Boyd

    Tajh

    QB

    Clemson

    New York Jets

    Bridgewater

    Teddy

    QB

    Louisville

    Minnesota Vikings

    Carey

    Ka'Deem

    RB

    Arizona

    Chicago Bears

    Clowney

    Jadeveon

    DE

    South Carolina

    Houston Texans

    Cooks

    Brandin

    WR

    Oregon State

    New Orleans Saints

    Ebron

    Eric

    TE

    North Carolina

    Detroit Lions

    Evans

    Mike

    WR

    Texas A&M

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Freeman

    Devonta

    RB

    Florida State

    Atlanta Falcons

    Garoppolo

    Jimmy

    QB

    Eastern Illinois

    New England Patriots

    Hill

    Jeremy

    RB

    Louisiana State

    Cincinnati Bengals

    Hyde

    Carlos

    RB

    Ohio State

    San Francisco 49ers

    Landry

    Jarvis

    WR

    Louisiana State

    Miami Dolphins

    Latimer

    Cody

    WR

    Indiana

    Denver Broncos

    Lee

    Marqise

    WR

    Southern California

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    Mack

    Khalil

    LB

    Buffalo

    Oakland Raiders

    Manziel

    Johnny

    QB

    Texas A&M

    Cleveland Browns

    Mason

    Tre

    RB

    Auburn

    St. Louis Rams

    Matthews

    Jordan

    WR

    Vanderbilt

    Philadelphia Eagles

    McCarron

    A.J.

    QB

    Alabama

    Cincinnati Bengals

    Moncrief

    Donte

    WR

    Ole Miss

    Indianapolis Colts

    Murray

    Aaron

    QB

    Georgia

    Kansas City

    Pierre-Louis

    Kevin

    LB

    Boston College

    Seattle Seahawks

    Richardson

    Paul

    WR

    Colorado

    Seattle Seahawks

    Robinson

    Allen

    WR

    Penn State

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    Sankey

    Bishop

    RB

    Washington

    Tennessee Titans

    Savage

    Tom

    QB

    Pittsburgh

    Houston Texans

    Seferian-Jenkins

    Austin

    TE

    Washington

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Shaw

    Connor

    QB

    South Carolina

    Cleveland Browns

    Thomas

    De'Anthony

    RB

    Oregon

    Kansas City Chiefs

    Thomas

    Logan

    QB

    Virginia Tech

    Arizona Cardinals

    Thornton

    Khyri

    DL

    Southern Miss

    Green Bay Packers

    Watkins

    Sammy

    WR

    Clemson

    Buffalo Bills

    Watson

    Asa

    TE

    N.C. State

    New England Patriots

    West

    Terrance

    RB

    Towson

    Cleveland Browns

    Williamson

    Avery

    LB

    Kentucky

    Tennessee Titans

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