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Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Broadcast Boot Camp for four with division ties

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

The Jaguars' Maurice Jones-Drew and Thomas Williams, Indianapolis' Adam Seward and former Jaguar Kyle Brady are among 24 current and former players who will take part in the annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films, which features instructors from each of the league's broadcast partners.

This is from a release sent out by the Jaguars:

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 SIRIUS NFL Radio.

Of the 40 players who took part in the Broadcast Boot Camp in 2007 and 2008, 21 have already earned broadcasting jobs as a result of their participation in the program ...

The NFL Broadcast Boot Camp is part of an ongoing NFL-NFLPA initiative to assist players in preparing for their post-playing careers. Over the past four years, more than 470 players have participated in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program. Each offseason, with the support of team and league player development departments, more than 100 NFL players independently enroll in college courses as they work towards Master's or Bachelor's degrees while more than 130 others pursue career development opportunities.

This is one of many areas where the league is smartly proactive. Players and former players who have polished broadcast presences always seem to be in demand, even when we might think there isn't possibly a niche for another.

I don't know Brady, Williams or Seward at all. But it's not difficult to picture Jones-Drew, who's media-friendly and thoughtful, as a broadcaster after he's done with football.