Tony Banks, remember him? Drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft, he was the good enough guy, part of the exciting Rich Brooks era of the franchise's memorable early years under the Arch. Banks is one of sixteen former NFL players participating in the fifth annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp.
The program is designed to provide players a route to a career after football...in the media field, duh. Here's a description of the program:
The program, which runs from June 20-23, is directed by the NFL Player Engagement and NFL Broadcasting departments and covers a wide range of topics with instructors from each of the NFL's broadcast partners - CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, SiriusXM Radio, Westwood One Radio, plus local radio and TV. It will include hands-on work in areas such as tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, control room operation, studio preparation, production meetings, field reporting and game preparation. Each player will tape segments as a studio and game analyst and take part in a networking session with television executives. Each player also will serve as a live radio host on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
Of the 90 players who took part in the Broadcast Boot Camp from 2007-2010, 36 have already earned broadcasting jobs as a result of their participation in the program.
They should have a blogger boot camp, but there probably isn't a basement big enough for that many pro football players.
Mike Mayock is one of the guest instructors at the program, which is really cool. You have to wonder if he'll have detailed scouting reports available on each participant for networks following the camp.
Ok, I'm all out of hackneyed witty one-offs.