While Tom Brady Made His Patriots Rookie Teammates Pay For Expensive Dinner Bills, This 2x Super Bowl Champion Condemns Rookie Dinners: “Dudes Come Into The League With No Financial Literacy”

Published 06/23/2022, 11:54 AM EDT

The news story surrounding former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and expensive rookie dinners has led to some former players condemning the tradition. The knowledge surrounding the hazing part of the dinner was drawing criticism, especially from former 2-time Super Bowl champion Torrey Smith. Believing the tradition to be too exploitative of young NFL rookies, the ex-NFL wideout was calling it to end.

The former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver took to Twitter to shun the tradition, stating, “Rookie dinners are BS! I’m glad I had an OG that realized teaching me to blow money is STUPID. It does not prove you belong on a team. Shout out to @AnquanBoldin! Dudes come into the league with no financial literacy and real problems, but folks think 50k dinners are cool! NAH!

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The whole ordeal began following a recent episode of The Pivot Podcast featuring the No.10 overall draft pick of the New York Jets, WR Garrett Wilson.

His unfamiliarity with the expensive rookie dinner bills made him a viral sensation on social media. It also gave Smith his chance to call for an end. While the comments could be the former player, going against the grain, it raises a valid point.

Did NFL veterans like Tom Brady make a mistake with their hazing techniques?

The practice can be a bit too harmful to the many NFL draft prospects who won’t be earning millions of dollars. It was something that Smith hints toward while calling for more supportive and ideal mentorship from the NFL veterans. The lack of guidance for smart financial management early on leaves them susceptible to getting broke after they retire.

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While it may be a fun and welcoming tradition, it might be time for some changes that are constructive rather than destructive.

While the dissent towards the tradition from some outlets is harsh, but needs tinkering.

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The upcoming rookies will vary the tradition and possibly adjust things accordingly. While it may end a long-standing tradition, it could be replaced with a more welcoming feel for the rookies. The 2022 season will allow them to put a great first impression and build their legacy.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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