NFL Network reporter Jeff Darlington recaps the messages directed towards the 2014 NFL rookie class at the Rookie Symposium, including an emotional message from former NBA player Chris Herren.

The 17th NFL Rookie Symposium emphasized the sport's legacy and tradition of character and leadership, as well as social and professional responsibility.

In addition to Herron, guest speakers included current and former players who have experienced a wide-range of successes and challenges in their football careers and personal lives.

2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Aeneas Williams will conduct a history session for the rookies at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

This event is another sign that the 2014 NFL season is coming soon.