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Ka'deem Carey's NFL rookie trading card. Ka'deem Carey's NFL rookie trading card.
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Arizona Wildcats all-time leading rusher Ka'deem Carey joined more than 35 top rookies from the 2014 NFL Draft class in Los Angeles this past weekend to learn the business of football at the 20th annual NFLPA Rookie Premiere.

The three-day event, hosted by NFLPI, the marketing and licensing arm of the NFLPA, featured one of the most thrilling moments for any rookie – wearing their official Nike team uniforms for the first time during photo shoots with trading card companies Panini America and Topps at LA Memorial Coliseum.

"There is no event more important for NFL Players Inc. partners than NFLPA Rookie Premiere," said Panini America Vice President of Marketing Jason Howarth. "The content that's captured and the long-term relationships developed with players during the week set the stage for our entire NFL product calendar and are key elements in driving our products for the 2014 season and beyond."

Throughout the event, players gained information to assist in the development of their professional careers. The union's annual orientation includes seminars focused on financial planning, brand building, group player rights, and social media best practices.

Among the featured guest speakers were former and active NFL players Marshall Faulk, Willie McGinest, Torry Holt, Brandon Williams, Daunte Culpepper, Kevin Bentley, Jamaal Charles, Israel Idonije, and Austin Pettis. Additional speakers include NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and NFLPI President Keith Gordon.

"NFLPA Rookie Premiere is an unparalleled opportunity for our partners to engage with tomorrow's most influential athletes today," said NFL Players Inc. President Keith Gordon. "For the first time as professionals, players will learn about the business of football from fellow players, union leadership, and industry experts as they start to build a game plan to succeed beyond their playing careers."

Among the rookies who participated in the 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere were quarterback Blake Bortles (Central Florida, Jacksonville Jaguars), quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville, Minnesota Vikings), defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina, Houston Texans), wide receiver Marqise Lee (Southern Cal, Jacksonville Jaguars), linebacker Khalil Mack (Buffalo, Oakland Raiders), quarterback Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M, Cleveland Browns), and wide receiver Sammy Watkins (Clemson, Buffalo Bills).

Carey was a 4th round pick by the Chicago Bears and said Friday he expects to see plenty carries out of the game of head coach Marc Trestman's offense.

Copyright 2014 The NFL Players Association. All rights reserved.

David Kelly contributed to this story.

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