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Monday, June 3, 2013
Barden, Weatherford join media boot camp

By Ohm Youngmisuk

Ramses Barden just re-signed with the New York Giants.

But that won't stop the receiver from looking into what he may do once his football career is over. In a few weeks from now, Barden, punter Steve Weatherford and former Giants Jeff Feagles and Michael Clayton, all chosen as four of 24 current and former NFL players, will participate in this year's NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, N.J.

David Diehl and Shaun O'Hara are two Giants who have participated in the program.

After the Giants are done with their mandatory veteran's mini camp, Barden and Weatherford will immerse themselves in the broadcast boot camp from June 17-20. They will work with instructors from ESPN, CBS, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, SiriusXM, Dial Global Radio and local radio and TV. They'll do tape study, editing and show preparation, and learn about radio production and field reporting among other areas.

CBS' James Brown and ESPN's Ron Jaworski are just two of the many experts to help prep the players, who tape segments as a studio and game analyst and take part in a networking session with television executives.

The boot camp participants will have the opportunity to earn a guest hosting spot with one of the league’s United Kingdom broadcasting partners during this season.

Of the 128 players who have taken part in the boot camp from 2007-2012, 48 have landed broadcasting jobs.