Rookies win 'Ultimate Challenge'

July, 2, 2012
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Patriots rookies are developing a well-earned reputation for being the "team to beat" at the NFL's annual rookie symposium.

As noted by Colts rookie tight end Coby Fleener in his guest "Monday Morning Quarterback" piece on SI.com, the 2012 Patriots rookie class took home top honors in the "Ultimate Rookie Challenge" this year.

Patriots rookies also won in 2008 and 2009.

Fleener explained the "Ultimate Rookie Challenge" this way:
Each player was handed a wireless keypad to allow them to answer questions. Antonio Freeman, the second speaker and former standout receiver for the Green Bay Packers, explained that they were a part of the "Ultimate Rookie Challenge." Four times during the symposium, rookies were given eight different questions and 10 seconds to answer each of them. The top five prizes for the teams that won were:

5th: Xbox Kinect
4th: Beats headphones
3rd: Bose Soundlink Wireless music system
2nd: Bose Music System 3
1st: iPad

Later in the piece, Fleener joked that he was skeptical of the Patriots' "dominance throughout the competition."

On a more serious note, the results are likely a measure of pride for those Patriots staffers who work/have worked in player development, such as Harold Nash, Kevin Anderson and Co. They also reflect well on the players the Patriots are drafting and the program the club has implemented to help transition them to life in the NFL.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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