NFL rookie hazing has purpose

Updated: September 29, 2009, 10:42 AM ET
By Player X | ESPN The Magazine
RookiesAP Photo/Pablo Martinez MonsivaisRedskins rookies Kevin Barnes (L) and Robert Henson know what it's like to be hazed by vets.

This column appears in the Oct. 5 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Hey, rookie.

You've made it through training camp. You're on the roster. You're cashing a paycheck. Now listen up. Respect the veterans. Do what they tell you to do. And by all means, put up with the hazing. Because it's not going to stop until you've made it through a full season.