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Football Player Radar: David Henderson (DT) Free Agent

on February 4, 2020

In our “Football Player Radar” Series we highlight promising players that are flying below the radar.

David Henderson is a talented football player who played DT for Tuskegee University. David displays impressive football metrics with a 40-Yard of 4.87 and 30x reps on 225 lbs bench press.

Q&A with David Henderson

Q: What is the fondest memory of your college career and/or pro career?

When we played up against Central State University I blocked a field goal which turned the tide in our favor and helped us come out the game with a W on our record.

Q: What was your best game in college or pro?

When we played up against the West Alabama Rams. we lost but I got more than 3 hits on the quarterback and a few QB hurries during the game as well.

Q: What was your favorite NFL team growing up?

The Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens

Q: Who was your favorite NFL player?

Aaron Donald and Warren Sapp

Q: Which current NFL player most resembles you?

Geno Atkins

Q: What would your former teammates say about you?

Excellent work ethic, strong, sharp witted, fast, and explosive.

Q: What are you presently doing as far as training?

Sprint drills, working on technique with one man sled, and Hitting the gym after my classes.

Q: What is your favorite Combine drill?

40

Q: What do you need to do to take your football career to the next level?

To improve quickness and develop better hand fighting techniques.

Q: What would be your pitch to NFL scouts?

My pitch to all the teams is, I’ve played on the defensive line for eight years, I can thrive in a 3-4 and 4-3 system, and if given an opportunity I will be a great asset to your team. I’m also realistic. If I feel it’s not working out, I’ll be the first one to make a position change. Whatever is going to get my foot in the door.

Q: What do you want to do besides football?

Be a Lawyer, fitness trainer, Game designer, and Mechanic.

Q: What do you like to do for fun?

I like to workout, play video games, watch football, and spend time with the family.

Q: If you could have dinner with any three people, deceased or alive, who would they be?

My deceased granddad because during the time I was 3 or 4 years old he passed away due to cancer I would’ve like for him to be here longer so I could I develop a better connection with him. Secondly, It would be Aaron Donald because he has excellent hand technique, quick feet, is virtually unblockable and I know I could learn a great deal from him. Thirdly Warren Sapp because I would like to know what it took to have such a long and fulfilling career in the NFL like he did.

For more on David, check out his Agency Bio.

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How to Get into the NFL Undrafted

on September 18, 2019

No draft-eligible college football player wants to go undrafted. Every player has dreamt about hearing his name called out during the NFL Draft. However, it just isn’t in the cards for everyone. That doesn’t mean the dream is dead if you go undrafted.

Last April, 254 guys were selected during the 2019 NFL Draft. In the days following the draft, over 430 guys signed contracts as undrafted free agents.

So—if you don’t get drafted, how can you go about getting into the NFL undrafted?

If you are thinking about playing in the NFL, more than likely, you are going to be physically ready to do so. But to get your shot, there is one very important thing that players must do—get their name out there.

Advertise.

How to do so in an effective manner while still looking professional can be difficult. But help is available.

Agency Athlete has a membership-based sports marketing service that can help players in need of exposure get it. Through their marketing efforts, athlete profiles, social media blasts, and more, players that go undrafted can get the help they need to find the right opportunities.

There are a lot of great college football players that go undrafted every year. In many cases, it is not because they aren’t good enough. They just weren’t on television much (if at all), so no one knew what their name was.

Agency Athlete’s marketing service can make sure everyone knows your name.

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How to Get Drafted into the NFL

on September 18, 2019

Over 73,000 students participate in college football every season. Of those 73,000+, around 16,000 are draft-eligible—and only 254 get drafted by NFL teams. That means only about 1.5 percent get to continue living the dream.

So, with the odds stacked against getting drafted, how does a player go about getting drafted into the NFL?

Some will say that it is just a matter of being the best at your position– like that is an easy thing to become. For some, that may be all that is necessary to get drafted into the NFL. But for most, it will take a little more—which is where Agency Athlete can come in handy.

Every player, whether he is a first-round pick or an undrafted free agent, will need to prove that he has a high football IQ and a great work ethic.  But how can you do that if you aren’t a household name or a finalist for some award?

What if you aren’t good around people, have trouble articulating your thoughts, or struggle with interviews?

Agency Athlete can provide players with management and consultant services that can help players put their best foot forward around NFL evaluators. They can assist in training (physical and mental), interviews, social media, draft preparation, and so much more.

With the right assistance (like what Agency Athlete offers), good college football players with the talent to play at the next level can increase their chances of getting drafted into the NFL.

Because when it comes to getting your shot, you don’t want to leave anything to chance.

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How to Get into the NFL Combine

on September 18, 2019

For many college football players, the ultimate dream is to get to the NFL someday. Part of that journey, if all goes well, includes a trip to the NFL Combine or maybe the Regional Combine. Getting invited to the Combine does not mean you are a lock to get drafted. But it does mean you are viewed as someone who could be drafted.

You want to be at the NFL Combine. So, how can you get there?

Other than having a great career and final season in college, it is not easy to gain access to the Combine. A special committee meets to discuss draft-eligible players and decide who should be invited.  Once they come to a consensus, the invitations are mailed out.

But if you don’t get invited to the one in Indianapolis, you are not necessarily out of luck. There is always the Regional Combine. Like the Indianapolis combine, this one is by invitation for the top 100 players not invited to Indianapolis.

So, is there anything a player can do to increase his chances of getting an invite? There is no way to campaign to the committee directly, but what you can do is engage in a marketing campaign. With the help of the right service, such as what Agency Athlete provides, it can be done in a way that will increase the likelihood committee members will hear about you.

If they hear about you enough, they may be more inclined to find out more and potentially invite you to the NFL Combine.

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How to Choose an NFL Sports Agent

on September 18, 2019

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.

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Skills Needed to Be an NFL Player

on September 18, 2019

To do any job, a person needs to have the right set of skills; playing in the NFL is no different. Chances are, if you are in a position to potentially become an NFL player, then you already have the skills needed to be an NFL player. Most successful college football players do—but what are they?

There are the physical skills, of course. In today’s NFL, every player needs to be strong, fast, quick, and agile. But even the best athletes will not make it long without a good football IQ.

It isn’t necessary to be a genius but understanding the game and how a play develops can make being a player easier.

Of course, just having the skills needed to be an NFL player will not guarantee you a spot in the NFL. Since everyone trying to get in the league has them, you must do everything you can to make sure your skillset is better than the next guy’s.

That is something the right agency, such as Agency Athlete, can come in handy.

A good agent will be able to recommend the right trainers for you. He/she will be able to get you in touch with trainers that can take your physical prowess and mental acuity and take them to the next level.

Just being physically gifted and intelligent is not always going to be good enough. Your physical gifts need to be better than the next guy’s—but you also need to know how to use them. Every NFL player is a physical specimen.

But every NFL player does not have the mental awareness and football IQ necessary to succeed in the NFL.

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Professional Opportunities Are About Promotion as Much As Playing For Small School Football Players

on April 12, 2019

Athletes from major FBS programs are going to be the ones that professional sports teams look at first when it comes to the draft and free agency. It isn’t necessarily because they are the only guys worth giving a shot.

In some cases, it will be only because teams know of one player more than another because he played for a more high-profile school. He received the exposure needed to get a shot at the next level because of who he played for—not how well he played.

For talented players that did not have the good fortune of attending a major university, this is a frustrating reality. But it is a reality that can be overcome with one thing—the right promotion.

That is not to say that small school players should volunteer to take the rookie minimum just to get a shot. No, since pro teams are not aware of who they are, they need to educate those teams. The need to create a bio that can be sent to every scout they can find contact info for.

They need an online presence, but not one that shows off the awesome tan they got on Spring Break. It needs to focus on who they are as an athlete and a player. It needs to tell teams why the need to give a player they have never heard of a shot.

Sound like a daunting task? Well—it is, but if you have an agency that can do it all for you, then you can focus on the game while someone else helps find you a tryout.

Once you get that tryout, it is no longer about where you played or how much you were on television. It is about you and your ability to play.

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New Football Leagues Provide More Opportunities for Small School Players

on April 2, 2019

Every year there are a small handful of players from small schools that are fortunate enough to get a chance to play professionally. Those guys aren’t the only ones with the talent, skill and athleticism necessary to play at the next level.

They are the select few that will at least get an opportunity to make an NFL or CFL roster. It isn’t necessarily because teams do not want to give them shot. But there are only so many guys that can be invited to training camp and even fewer that can be signed.

Historically, there just haven’t been enough opportunities. However, with the advent of new leagues like the XFL next year, that is starting to change.

The XFL has been getting a lot of attention in the media, but in reality, there are several professional minor leagues in existence that are dying to give underappreciated, talented players a shot.

The MFL, or Minor Football League, has been around since 1993. The Gridiron Developmental League started up in 2010 and the Rivals Professional Football League has been in business since 2012. There are also a handful of indoor/arena leagues (i.e., the Arena Football League and Indoor Football League).

Let’s not forget The Spring League.

Opportunities are out there. But just like NFL scouts and coaches don’t hear about small school guys, those same small school guys don’t hear about the litany of options that are available to those who really want to keep playing beyond college.

That can be where it helps to have someone in your corner; a player marketing service that keeps you informed about these other leagues and makes sure those leagues know about you.

Going somewhere other than a major FBS program shouldn’t exclude you from getting a shot at playing at the next level. But you (or the right service) may have to do a little extra work to get there.

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