Seventh annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp set for this month

The NFL Broadcast Boot Camp will kick off in a few weeks with about two dozen current and former players participating, the league announced Monday. The program is intended to give players the skills necessary to transition into a broadcasting career after their playing days are over.

The camp will be held at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, N.J., from June 17 to 20. The 24 attendees were announced Monday. They include Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk, retired wide receiver Torry Holt and retired punter Jeff Feagles.

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Since 2007, 128 players have taken part in the program. Of those participants, 48 have earned broadcasting jobs, NFL officials said.

"This boot camp is more than an introduction to the many facets of the sports broadcasting industry," Troy Vincent, senior vice president of NFL Player Engagement, said in a statement. "It is a hands-on, demanding course for current and former players who seek a career in broadcasting after their NFL playing experience."

The program covers a wide range of topics with instructors from each of the NFL's broadcast partners -- CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, SiriusXM, Dial Global Radio and local radio and television. Attendees get hands-on experience in a wide range of skills needed in broadcasting, including tape study, editing, how a control room works and field reporting. Participants will tape segments as a studio and game analyst, and each player also will serve as a live guest host on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Players also will take part in a networking session with television executives.

The program is directed by the NFL Player Engagement and NFL Broadcasting departments. NFL officials said the program will be the tenth post-NFL career training program offered by NFL Player Engagement this year.

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