The 2018 NFL Broadcast Boot Camp from My View

By Bre Moorer

Bre Moorer is a senior at Bowling Green State University where she pursues a major in Sport Management with a specialization in General Business.  She is originally from Akron, Ohio, about forty miles south of Lake Erie.  Her primary sport interest is basketball – at the amateur and professional level.

Since my first day on campus at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), I have been inspired to “put myself out there.”  From interviewing for a manager position with the women’s basketball team, to earning a spot on the Sport Management Alliance’s professional development committee.  Whenever someone asks me why I call BGSU home, the answer is clear.  The students come first and have endless opportunities.

This spring I received an e-mail telling me I was selected, along with 7 of my peers, as a student ambassador for the 2018 NFL Broadcast Boot Camp.  It feels good to know that faculty members thought of me when presented with this once-in-a-lifetime experience.   This year was the NFL’s 12th annual Boot Camp, which is just one of the Player Engagement’s many educational programs offered to active and retired players (also known as legends).  There were 36 players in all, but some high-profile faculty also came to educate them.  On the first day, I was paired with a fellow student ambassador, Mitchell Bailey, to supply players and faculty members with credentials and the week’s itinerary as they checked into the hotel.  Later on, the players were divided into 4 groups in order to make the sessions more personal and engaging.  My group of 8 consisted of Rahim Abdullah, Bobby Brown, Donald Willis, Tori Gurley, Joselio Hanson, Fred Jackson, Jerry Porter, and Carlos Rosado.  I guided the most fun group, in my biased opinion, to breakout sessions around campus in a timely and low-profile manner.  I found shortcuts to keep the players “safe” from the infamous Bowling Green wind.  Most of them live down south and reminisced on the days they had to battle a cold campus.  The first day of rounding the legends and active players up was not easy.  I had a hard time telling men who are over 6 feet and 230 pounds what to do, where to go, and when to stop eating for a walk across campus, until Rahim Abdullah said, “You have to speak up”, he continued, “and know that we trust you to look out for us”.

I have to admit, as a sport management student, I am not the most passionate about journalism.  Therefore, I sat out some sessions and updated the group on the time they had left with the faculty members from the hallway.  However, I found myself extremely interested in the “Ethics in Broadcast Journalism” and “Sports Media Coverage of Social Issues” sessions.  To show just how sweet the guys are, I will share a story.  During the “Ethics in Broadcast Journalism” session, the players had discussions about protesting the anthem and domestic violence in the NFL.  After they all shared their views and learned how to communicate them properly on camera, a couple players checked to make sure I was comfortable during the domestic violence conversation since I was the only woman in the room.  I knew then that they had my back.

The highlight of my time as a student ambassador was watching sportscaster James Brown (J.B.) in action.  His first interaction with us was when he interviewed past participants of the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp.  We all marveled at his smooth transition from topic to topic and knowledge of the panelists.  J.B. stopped to talk to everyone who wanted a word and was just as kind as he seems on television.  He was open to giving out advice and sat in on some sessions to give his expert input.

In conclusion, the 2018 NFL Broadcast Boot Camp was an exceptional experience that I will remember forever.  I grew professionally and personally.  It was a chance to network and I learned to take charge as the leader of my group.  Future student ambassadors for this program will definitely enjoy it and I hope they happen to be BGSU Falcons!

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