Why did he become an agent?: "
It was my first day of class as a sophomore in college when I discovered the sports agent industry. I met this guy named John. He was a senior. We had small talk before class -- what's your major, how many classes you have left, what's your plans after graduating, etc. He mentioned he'd like to become a sports agent. Class was about to start so the conversation ended abruptly. However, I found his desire to become an agent very interesting so I researched it. I fell in love. I then saw
and that's when I knew that I had to pursue becoming a sports agent."
Merchant services sales for a company in Houston.
His take on the NFLPA exam: "
The test was intense. I didn't pass the first time, but did the second. It was
the ITL study materials
that helped tremendously the second go-round, which I hadn't utilized initially. I'd say close to half of the test was covered in the study material. What helped most was note preparation and getting organized."
Hardest part of being an agent: "
It's that you don't know what you don't know, and that includes the business, which you have to experience. An internship matters less in my opinion. Admin work and talking to players is OK, but that's not the life of an agent. You may think that a player cares about the 'you can trust me' and 'I want to be there for you no matter what, compared to a big agency not giving you much attention,' blah blah blah. The players in most cases want you to tell them what they want to hear; they mostly care about the money. I feel that I'm a pretty easygoing person and want to trust everyone, but the reality is that you can't trust in this industry. That's hard for me."
He felt like he'd had a successful first year as a contract advisor when . . .:
"I (signed) a known player that I had to go after, opposed to just signing someone that wanted me."
Lesson he learned that he wished he's known before he got certified: "
How costly it could be to be an agent. Not only does it takes time to get paid, but you likely won't get a return on your investment during your first year. Even if you get a top pick, you'll likely have to wait till Year 2 to see a return."