Coach Ron Rivera wants his players to be safe, both on the field and on the road.
The B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) driving session teaches people to do exactly that. It's a multi-part course for teenagers and adults designed to give behind-the-wheel instructions from professional trainers, including current and former law enforcement officers and professional racing drivers, on how to be safer on the road.
Last Friday, about two dozen of the Washington Commanders' rookie and second-year players went through the sessions in the parking lot of FedExField to become better drivers.
"It was a great experience, coming out here with some of the guys, being able to get in some of these cars and learn some stuff," said offensive tackle Sam Cosmi. "It was a blast today, for sure."
It isn't the first time Rivera has offered the advanced driving course to his players. Back when he was coaching the Carolina Panthers, he invited founder Doug Herbert to instruct the team at zMax Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, after one of the players had been pulled over for driving over 100 mph.
By the time they had gone through the course, Rivera said the Panthers players appreciated what they had learned.
"They thought it was a very good learning experience for them," Rivera said, "because they show you what happens when you lose control of the car."
To accomplish that, the Commanders' players went through several exercises, including Distracted Driving Awareness, Panic Braking, Crash Avoidance, Drop-wheel/Off-road Recovery and Car Control/Skid Recovery.