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“Plaxico spoke candidly about the impact of personal decisions on a professional career,” Atallah said.

Bills rookie defensive back Aaron Williams found Burress’ presentation impressive.

“He’s a phenomenal guy,” Williams said. “It’s a very strong message for everybody. It lets you know that one bad decision can cost everything. It takes a long time to get a reputation, but it’s really quick to lose one.”

The two-day symposium covered proper behavior on and off the field, financial education and planning, dealing with media, and other information to prepare rookies for a future in the NFL. The union scheduled the event after the league canceled its annual rookie symposium because of the lockout.