A teammate of rookie quarterback Sam Darnold said that the New York Jets obviously won’t be hazing him but singing isn’t out of the question.
Whenever a rookie enters the NFL, they can undoubtedly expect a lot of pranks, jokes, and some far-fetched ideas to welcome them to the pros. Luckily for rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, there won’t be any hazing since it’s illegal and well, his teammates will come up with other clever ways for him to earn the respect of the locker room.
As reported by TMZ Sports, cornerback Buster Skrine broke down what will likely be in Darnold’s first year in the pros in regards to welcoming him. They’ll likely make him sing during training camp and probably make it into a viral video.
Darnold is a quiet yet focused quarterback that has so far shown how cool, calm, and collective he’s been when talking to the media. One can only imagine how he’ll be once he is the next face of the franchise and has to take control of the huddle and be a leader in the locker room.
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Before any of that, Darnold will be extensively coached, trained, and mentored to take his career to the next step. Hopefully, he brushes up on his signing skills since Skrine is likely giving him a heads up now as to what awaits during those hot summer practices in training camp.
Here’s what Skrine said via TMZ Sports:
“Nah, hazing’s not legal. It’s not legal in the NFL anymore,” he told TMZ Sports on Wednesday.
Skrine said the USC product’s teammates might make him sing during training camp or use another type of “basic” joke, but nothing too serious.
It will be very interesting to see what Skrine and the rest of the Jets make Darnold do during training camp as he prepares for his journey ahead. Either way, Darnold will undoubtedly be a good sport about it and know it’s all a part of the process.