Most NFL teams are frantically trying to prepare their rookies for the grind of their first training camp, and while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are doing that; they’re also preparing their rookies to be professionals and gentlemen first.
According to Bucs beat writer Greg Auman, the team’s 2015 rookies were sent to finishing school, with etiquette coach, Patricia Rossi, to focus on networking, business mannerisms, and social media education.
“I walked away from there saying ‘What gentlemen, every single one of them,'” said Rossi. “You see how sweet they are. These are my favorite. They want to learn. They love it and they engage.”
When you hear the term “finishing school”, you may visualize people learning which salad fork is which and how to open doors for women, but this modern class is more of a tool to help new NFLers acclimate & capitalize on their newfound status. Rossi is no stranger to working with young pro athletes, and she’s frequently hired to work with other NFL and MLB teams. In fact, when she’s finished with the Bucs she’ll be moving on to work with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
[h/t Tampa Bay Times]