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Eddie George gives strong message to rookies

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The former Titans running back issues a tough challenge to the rooks.

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Eddie George is one of everyone's favorite Tennessee Titans, or at least he should be in my eyes. He was an impact player in every game, and his running style left no questions about how much he wanted to win. However, off the field he has been a pretty fun Titan to watch as well.

For example, Eddie George was a speaker at the annual NFL Rookie Symposium this year, and issued a devastating challenge to this year's group of rookies:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Eddie George with a helluva challenge for NFL rookies at Rookie Symposium: Sit down and write your own obituary. What do you want it to say?</p>&mdash; Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffDarlington/statuses/481158449879732224">June 23, 2014</a></blockquote>
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That sounds a bit morbid, but it is something that every player needs to consider. In this league, players often forget that there is a life outside of football or rely to much on their natural talents and let their career slip away. The former Titans running back's challenge, is for all of these young men to develop a plan and not to let their opportunity pass them by.

Players like Taylor Lewan and Zach Mettenberger have already made their mistakes in the past, and hopefully all of that is behind them. However, player like Bishop Sankey and Daquan Jones are likely going to be big parts of an NFL team after being largely unnoticed (just in terms of the national spotlight) players in college. This culture shock has gone to a lot of former players' heads, and an exercise like this may prevent some of that from happening.