Kansas City Chiefs rookie wide receiver Mecole Hardman is headed to the NFL Players Association’s “rookie premiere,” which is set to take place May 16-19 in Los Angeles. Hardman was the only member of the Chiefs invited to the event.
According to the NFLPA press release, the rookie premiere is the first major business and marketing event featuring NFL players since becoming professionals.
The 40 rookies (full roster here) can “jumpstart their endorsement careers” by getting in front of some big-name brands for marketing purposes. The players chosen to go are early-round selections who usually play on the offensive side of the football.
“The NFLPA Rookie Premiere is an unparalleled opportunity for partners to engage with tomorrow’s most influential athletes” said Ahmad Nassar, President, NFL Players Inc. “For the first time as professionals and following in the footsteps of Russell Wilson, Saquon Barkley and Baker Mayfield, this year’s rookies will learn about the business of football from union leadership as they start to build a plan to succeed beyond their playing careers while connecting on a personal level with partners who share their passion for the game.”
The last Chiefs to attend the rookie premiere were quarterback Patrick Mahomes and running back Kareem Hunt back in 2017.
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