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    Vikings rookies rest easy with 'no hazing' rule

    Vikings rookies rest easy with 'no hazing' rule
    Posted: Friday Aug 11, 2006 7:34 PM
    AP sports writer Dave Campbell contributed to this story.

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    Re: Vikings rookies rest easy with 'no hazing' rule

    I see this both ways.. Alot of the veterans have had something done to them, but yet they can't do anything to the rookies now.. In some cases that is not fair, but Childress is a good coach that has the right thing in mind here. So hopefully rookie hazing doesn't blow anything..

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    Re: Vikings rookies rest easy with 'no hazing' rule

    August 13, 2006

    [size=16pt]Smoot laments end of Vikings' tradition[/size]

    Childress' edict means no more rookies will be taped to goalpost

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    MANKATO, MINN. — Fred Smoot couldn't wait to get rookie cornerback Cedric Griffin to training camp.

    Entering his sixth NFL season, Smoot, also a cornerback, has become an expert in the time-honored tradition of rookie hazing.

    "When we first got here, Smoot and some of those guys were talking about shaving my eyebrows off, cutting my dreadlocks, shaving people's legs, pouring water on me when I go to sleep," said Griffin, a second-round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings.

    There was a time when hazing was as much a part of Vikings training camp as two-a-days in the August heat. But new coach Brad Childress put a stop to that this year, issuing a no-hazing edict that has made life easier for his first-year players.

    "Awwww, never!" Smoot recalled saying when he first heard about the rule. "But he did it. He really wanted us to focus on winning, and I respect that. I just wish he was my coach my rookie year."

    Smoot, a former Mississippi State and Provine High star, was drafted by Washington in 2001, coming to a team loaded with veterans like Bruce Smith and Darrell Green who knew how to make a rookie's life miserable.

    "My first practice they made me tackle everybody, then they taped me to the goalpost and poured some water on me and left me there for about two hours," Smoot said. "Then ... I make it to my room and my mattress was thrown out the window. So I had to sleep with no mattress and no alarm clock. They had stole my TV and my alarm clock out of my room for like four or five days."

    Ever since that tough initiation, Smoot has relished returning the favor.

    Not under Childress's watch. The no-nonsense coach sees hazing not as harmless fun, but as a potentially divisive force.

    "You better be inclusive," Childress told his players. "You better pull people into the pile, because if that guy can help you win and you're a seven-year player and you think that doing something to him or making him get up and sing or alienating him is going to help you, no, it's not."

    Childress isn't the only one to feel that way. Across the nation, stories of hazing incidents gone wrong have grabbed headlines, most notably at the college level.

    In June, Northwestern's women's soccer coach resigned and several players were suspended after photographs appeared on a Web site allegedly showing members of the team clad only in T-shirts and underwear, some blindfolded and others with their hands tied behind their backs.

    "Hazing is something that happened in high school, it happened in college," said Chad Greenway, the Vikings' first-round pick. "I was guessing something would happen here, but Coach Childress has been strong in that we won't have any of that and it's nice to hear as a rookie."

    It's yet another stark contrast between Childress and his predecessor, Mike Tice, who in some respects was more like a bullying older brother to his players than a coach.

    Under Tice, rookies had to stand up during lunch and sing their college fight song and put on a "talent show" later in camp.

    Most of it was the kind of good-natured fun found at many NFL stops, including when defensive end Erasmus James had his clothes stolen out of his locker, dipped in cold water and thrown outside on a frigid December afternoon to freeze solid.

    But the prank infuriated James, which is just what Childress is hoping to avoid.

    "We're not a team that hazes because, hey, we want all hands on deck," Childress said. "If there's four (rookies) who can contribute, or three, we want them there if they can help us win."

    Offensive lineman Chris Liwienski said his fellow veterans initially were disappointed with the policy, but have been understanding.

    "The league is competitive, and if we need rookies to step in and make plays for us then we need to start embracing them as teammates as early as we can and not alienate them," said Liwienski.

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    Re: Vikings rookies rest easy with 'no hazing' rule

    I don't know...hazing is a huge part of the whole rookie experience, and it's all in fun.
    I guess if you really want it to be all business then it makes sense to get rid of it.
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    awww lol, one of my favorite stories around mankato is always what is going on with the hazing up at the university

    my favorite had to be when Brock Lesnar was trying to make the team and all the rookies were forced into a chair and got their heads shaved.
    the next day, all the rookies walked into camp with a bald head - except Lesnar who simply said "No." when told to sit

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