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Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks to a teammate during the game agains the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on November 27, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)

Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones has been many things throughout his NFL career. But ‘mentor’ is not a role most sports fans associate with the former All-Pro cornerback. Jones, currently in his third season with the Cincinnati Bengals, will address NFL rookies at the annual Rookie Symposium the league organizes as an ‘orientation’ for first-year players. Jones has a long rap sheet of suspensions and bizarre behavior in his first five seasons in the NFL. Can he steer rookies down the right path to avoid the mistakes he made? Maybe. USA Today writes:

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones is going to be a panelist at the NFL Rookie Symposium that runs June 25-28 in Cleveland. He said through his team’s website that he’s eager to help, “The message is, this is not a joke. At the end of the day you have to treat it like a business,” Jones said. “And you’re a business owner and every decision you make is a reflection of you.”

Jones, the sixth overall pick of the Tennessee Titans in the 2005 draft, was suspended for a year for some serious misbehaving, traded to Dallas and later suspended again.

ESPN.com AFC North reporter Jamison Hensley thinks the “NFL couldn’t have gotten a better speaker to talk about the wrong way to start a professional career. It’s up to the rookies to follow his advice and not his path.”

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