NFC West flavor at rookie symposium

Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, Patrick Kerney and Aeneas Williams are among the current and former NFC West players called upon to speak at the NFL's annual Rookie Symposium next week. The NFL made the announcement Tuesday.

Davis, entering his eighth season with the San Francisco 49ers, was once an immature young player prone to outbursts on the field and during practice. He has grown into a steady team leader with varied business and community interests. I hope to follow up with him regarding his role at the symposium.

The symposium in Aurora, Ohio aims to emphasize "legacy, tradition of character and leadership, as well as social and professional responsibility" to NFL rookies, according to the league. Retired cornerback Troy Vincent, now the NFL's senior vice president of player engagement, put it this way in a league news release:

"We believe in our peer-to-peer model that the more information these young men have on how those before them handled success, the better prepared they will be to meet expectations on and off the field. Through our speakers there is a story to be told, a lesson to be learned, a teachable moment, a message of success in conveying our number one objective which is to provide our rookies the tools to succeed during their NFL playing experience and beyond."