Posted: 4:28 pm Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Jake Matthews soaking up ‘Life Lessons’ 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

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Falcons  rookie Jake Matthews, the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, has written a blog from the NFL’s Rookie Symposium in Aurora, Ohio.

His blog is titled “Life Lessons To Remember.” Here’s the link!

So far, it’s been a humbling experience for Matthews, who was moved by Donte Stallworth’s speech.

One quote that I heard today that really resonated with me was: “A fool learns from his own mistakes, but a wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” Donte Stallworth said that during his presentation about his DUI charge and that whole incident.

There has been some emotional and financial advice.

Also, the talk about the financial stuff has really stuck with me. I can probably guarantee that most of the rookies here don’t know much about finance, so having the opportunity to gain a better understanding of it has been helpful. Surround yourself with people you trust, build a good team. It’s so much more than being a good football player. This is the setup for the rest of your life. It’s going to pay its dividends later down the road if we take advantage of what’s offered to us.

Matthews appears to be soaking up all of the information. CLICK HERE for the Matthew’s Draft Bio.

I think it’s a freak case that my Dad and uncle both played for 19 years! I don’t know how long I’ll play, but I’m going to try and make the most of it.
This experience has been real beneficial and I’ve taken a lot from it.

The entire Falcons rookie class is at the event.

TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

Date                                                      Practice Times (public availability)

Tuesday, July 22                                Rookies report

Wednesday, July 23                          Veterans report

Friday, July 25                                    Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)

Saturday, July 26                              Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)

Sunday, July 27                                 Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Monday, July 28                               Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Tuesday, July 29                               Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Wednesday, July 30                        Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Thursday, July 31                              Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Friday, August 1                              “Friday Night Lights” at Archer High School (Lawrenceville)

                                                            6:45 – 9:10 p.m. (open to the public)

Saturday, August 2                          Practice 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (open to the public)

Sunday, August 3                             Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Monday, August 4                           Combined Practice w/Tennessee  3-5:30 p.m.                                                (open to the public)

Tuesday, August 5                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Wednesday, August 6                    Practice 3:30 – 6:05 p.m. (open to the public)

Thursday, August 7                         Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)

Friday, August 8                                Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins

                                                                Georgia Dome

                                                                7:00 p.m. ET – CW69

 Saturday, August 9                          Practice 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. (open to the public)

 Sunday, August 10                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

 Monday, August 11                         Practice 3:30 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public)

 Tuesday, August 12                         Practice 10:00 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. (open to the public)

 Wednesday, August 13                 Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX)

Thursday, August 14                       Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX)

Friday, August 15                             Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)

Saturday, August 16                        Falcons at Houston Texans

                                                                NRG Stadium

                                                                8:00 p.m. ET – CW69

 Sunday, August 17                           Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)

Monday, August 18                         Practice 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (closed to the public)

                                                                Break Camp

MANDATORY MINICAMP REVIEW

Q&A with Falcons QB T.J. Yates

Falcons to practice with Titans, Texans in training camp

Falcons coach Mike Smith will try to rebound from first losing season on Hard Knocks 

Sam Baker is back to help line re-establish its identity

Falcons WR Roddy White: ‘Hard for me to deal with’ death of a brother

How much the Falcons rookies will be paid

Rookies getting advice on NFL life

Open competition in training camp will be good for Undrafted Rookies

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VIDEO CORNER

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Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo

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13 comments
HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

Trust what I'm saying here, if the Falcons coaches utilize Jake properly and don't try to change him into something he is not, he will be a top-notch defender for them for many years.

2nickles
2nickles

FYI - Those who are smart will get themselves educated on handling money b4 they do anything with it.  If these so called advisers were that smart, they would be rich already.  


Barves_Loss_Agian
Barves_Loss_Agian

Just remeber ever time Rayan gets sax the Falcons past on Johnny Fottball.

Ersatz
Ersatz

He'll learn life lessons every single week when he gets blown up by NFL DE's. Then he can enjoy the view of the Georgia Dome roof right beside Matty Fieldgoal.

Ackshun
Ackshun

Parcells said it best, "bank your signing bonus and never touch it. live modestly off your weekly check and you will be set for the rest of your life."

Whiznot
Whiznot

Surround yourself with people you trust is the road to ruin. Instead, never give anyone power of attorney, do not incur debt either directly or indirectly and diversify. Rely on yourself.

JSSN
JSSN

Whew, hell of some comments! Good luck Ledbetter!

Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

At least he knows how to use spell check.

RangeRover
RangeRover

I doubt Blank, Dimitroff nor Smith are over 5"8" in height. 

TrueFalconFan
TrueFalconFan

@Jimmyliscious --- The article is not about the folks to the left or right of Jake Matthews.......You feel better, who really cares about your jealousy and envy. Take it someplace else "MORON"


Go Falcons 

Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

Is that Mr. Snuffleupagus and Vanilla Ice standing to the left of Matthews?

4DaBirds
4DaBirds

@RangeRover That's okay, they can all stand on their wallets and be way taller than anyone else.

4DaBirds
4DaBirds

@Jimmyliscious Nope, just 2 guys who are far more successful than you'll ever be. Time to flip the burgers hater.