How did you get your foot in the door of being an nfl agent? and did you go to law school?

I jammed my foot in the door. I knew a bunch of football players and I have negotiated a lot of business contracts so I figured I would give it a shot since I had a pretty good understanding of how things worked in the league. I did it the hard way and started my own agency.

I have a soul so I was not eligible for law school. Only kidding of course. I received a Professional MBA from the University of Florida.

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Seeking clarification on the elimination of the junior rule. Does this mean an agent cannot speak to an athlete until his eligibility has expired?

It means the exact opposite. Of course, there are state laws that remain the same. For instance, to speak with a "student athlete" who has eligibility remaining in most UAAA states you need to register if you plan on talking to a player before eligibility expires.

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Do you remember what parts of the CBA did the certification exam focus on?

The entire thing. Definitely was a focus on roster rules and eligibility for benefits, etc.

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do teams usually reach out to players for their local workouts and/or can agents call to get their clients in one?

If you are refering to the "local player workouts" They don’t usually do too much reaching out. There are still rules that must be followed depending on if the player is draft eligible or an UDFA if thinking about an agent making that call. Most local work out days do not involve a player getting signed and there are still a lot of teams that don’t do them, not to say that a plyer doesnt get a futures contract after a workout.

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What are the recruiting guidelines as far as marketing agents are concerned? It is my understanding that marketing representatives are not bound by the uaaa or the nflpa…

There are a lot of guidelines that must be followed when marketing a player and are certainly rules you can break with the NFL and NFLPA if you don’t know them.

Agents must sign a paper indicating they will act as the marketing agent if they intend to do so.

95% (made up # but its high) of players earning a LOT (millions) of marketing money are going to be represented by CAA, Rosenhaus, etc.big name firms with marketing departments and plenty of experience. Sometimes you see an agent and marketing firm separately represent a player.

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Any insight on why Janoris Jenkins would leave a mega firm for a lesser known agent?

Yes. Rumors circulating amongst agents and reported by Inside The League state it appears he may have been influenced by a financial advisor to seek new representation or was somehow influenced to do so in that process.

In the end, it’s usually about money.

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What is the certification process to represent coaches?

None that I’m aware of. Although, experience in negotiating contracts or being a head hunter or having connections to many athletic problems is a must I’m sure.

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