It was a bizarre feeling for Mooney grad John Simon. He grew up a Steelers fan, and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens, yet one of his first pro experiences came at Browns headquarters in Berea with the NFL Rookie Symposium.
It’s a week-long event that introduces rookies to life in the NFL and their new positions as ambassadors of the League and their local communities. All rookies spent time with children from the Cleveland area at the Rookie Symposium PLAY 60 Youth Event today where they led the group in interactive games and taught them football skills and drills, followed by a healthy barbecue. The event supports the NFL’s commitment to the community and encourages kids to lead an active lifestyle with the NFL PLAY 60 program.
“As NFL players we are in a blessed position to be here with these kids; show them that being active in life is the way to go,” Simon said. “It takes a lot of work to get here. To call it work is not something I believed in. I always enjoyed the process. My goal is to help out the Baltimore Ravens in whatever role I’m put in,” he added.
After a standout career at Mooney, Simon attended Ohio State and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year last season. With a reputation of possessing a tremendous work ethic, Simon says his effort won’t change in the NFL.
“I promise to continue to work hard and do whatever it takes to be successful,” he said.