part of the learning process is saying things that come back to bite you a little bit," Mora said on "The Dan Patrick Show" days later.
His teammates marvel at his commitment to learning, with Tuioti-Mariner saying, "For God's sake, he reads books on the plane." And in previous interviews, he repeatedly has deployed his analogy of football as a chess match, going so far as to play a game with his father for a local TV interview in high school.
He also has taken the occasion to show his gratitude for President Barack Obama, who initially placed Rosen's father on the short list for surgeon general in 2008, in a post on Instagram.
"He's attempting to talk about issues that affect more than just himself and he has the power to change the game for future generations." Colter, who gained notoriety for trying to organize a union as a quarterback at Northwestern in 2013, said his organization has had no formal contact with Rosen though former UCLA player and players rights advocate Ramogi Huma has had a few conversations with Rosen.
He entered the season to a bevy of headlines about his lower profile, including a Times column proclaiming him "a shadow of former brash self." Rosen's social media activity has mostly slowed to a crawl: he has posted only nine times on Twitter in 2017 and his Instagram page has recently been filled with innocuous photos of him in uniform, arm cocked with a football in his hand, or hanging out with family and friends.