We presumed that you have heard about the rookie hazing incident in the Miami Dolphins locker room. However, It is not an isolated incident especially in the camps of the New Orleans Saints and the Oakland Raiders. While some players referred to it as a bonding process, one NY Giants player indirectly described it as a part of the maturing process to becoming a professional football player.
There are always a few minor pranks and rituals, but the players in professional football teams like the Philadelphia Eagles, the New England Patriots and the San Francisco Forty Niners do not pursue the avenue of the extreme.
In the NFL, the playoff contending teams are always focused on winning not waste their time on unproductive practices.
The Bill Walsh's Solution
Bill Walsh. the late architect of the West Coast Offense system, has always believed that it is important to focus the rookies on learning and mastering the specifics of "the pro game".
The Sun Bin's View on
"An army that is able to overcome great adversity is able to unite the people's minds. - paraphrased from Sun Bin's Military Methods, 22
Whenever a team or an organization is able to overcome obstacles, the principals begin to understand that there is a grander cause that is greater then themselves.
Regardless of some people's view, we believed that that practice of hazing is not good for any organization. History has shown that a consistency of team victories is the most effective approach to unify a team,
We will talk more about the other approaches to unifying a team in a future post.