Should the Combine Include some PR training?

February 20, 2008

897876_reporter.jpgThe NFL Combine has become one of the most anticipated days in football. This is one last chance for college football players to show their skills before the NFL Draft. The athletes go through drills that test their sprinting capabilities, strength and other position-specific skills. My question is whether these athletes should be forced to test their publicity acuity? Following the travesty of Michael Vick, should these athletes be tested on how they maintain their public image? I believe that organizations need to be wary of character flaws in these athletes. If an athlete has a history of breaking the law or causing trouble then they should be tested on how to deal with controversy and how to prevent it. These athletes are also tested on their basic knowledge using the Wonderlic Test. Sometimes these athletes score so low that they get singled out in the media. This is an excellent opportunity to test out some PR skills with the media. 

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