Agents play a role in an athlete's off-field career
Eric Allen discusses picking an agent and the role an agent plays in a player's retirement.
I went into the process with as much information as I could possibly get and did as much research as I could. I even went so far as to look at players who were already in the NFL whom I respected, and checked to see who represented them.
The courting period between those all-star games and my decision on who would represent me was absolutely amazing. I received several phone calls per day, leading up to the moment I picked my first agent. I ended up contacting three or four agents and having them come over to my house to meet my family and discuss what they could offer and if we would be a good fit as a team.
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Monday: Starting out
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• Chat wrap: ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick
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