Welcome to the NFL, rook.
Recent York Jets first-round receiver Garrett Wilson is learning the ropes in his first offseason as a professional wide receiver. The journey may largely be thrilling for the 21-year-old 2022 tenth overall select of Ohio State, but one NFL rookie tradition on its strategy to tackle Wilson’s checking account is the notorious rookie dinner.
Wilson had his first run-in with the NFL’s longstanding custom — which involves a team’s top draft pick taking the old guard out to expensive dinners — on an episode of The Pivot podcast, hosted by former players Ryan Clark, Fred Taylor and Channing Crowder.
Throughout the interview, Wilson dropped news of the upcoming rookie dinner.
“That’s going to be cool; I’m excited for that,” Wilson commented, because the trio of hosts looked around with a shared understanding.
“It’s not going to be cool,” Clark added.
Taylor then mentioned that Wilson may get invoiced for as much as $75,000 from the dinner, which other teams’ hazing tacts have come near. As relayed by Yahoo Sports, the Dallas Cowboys once ran up the bill on a rookie dinner to a whopping $64K.
The hefty advantageous dining fee normally comes from orders of pricey alcohol and slabs of the rarest steaks on earth that get disregarded after one bite.
Wilson tried to say no any potential for getting punked with the bill. Crowder delivered the cold reality.
“He thinks it’s his decision.”
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