Other than choosing which college to play for, one of the toughest and most important decisions a football player must make is picking an agent. It isn’t as simple as going with someone who can do a great Jerry Maguire or Bob Sugar impersonation.
You need a person that is going to look out for you; someone you can trust and someone that will get you every penny you deserve. You need an expert negotiator. Pick the wrong guy, and you may lose out on millions of dollars.
So—how does one go about choosing an NFL sports agent?
First, you have to know what you want in an agent before starting the search. You can’t know what questions to ask if you don’t know what you want.
Find out what they can do for you and what they are willing to do; basically, do your homework. Some, like Agency Athlete, will give you a good indication of what their services entail on their website.
Every agent will say they want to make you money. But will they help you prepare for the draft? Can they help with training? What about money-making opportunities outside of football? What about life after football?
Are they still going to be with you and helping you transition into the real world?
Talk to several and try to talk to current players before making a decision. Your coaches will likely have a good idea on who some of the better ones are, too.
The right NFL sports agent, whether it is Agency Athlete or not, is going to have a profound impact on the early stages of your career. Pick the right one, and he/she will have a profound effect on your life.