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.

Updated: June 8, 2005, 3:14 PM ET
By Eric Allen | ESPN Insider
I was first introduced to the world of agents at the college football all-star games after my senior year. Those games were a great place to meet and greet potential agents, as well as to begin the recruitment process.

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.

Eric Allen

NFL studio analyst
Eric Allen, a 14-year NFL veteran and was one of the NFL's premier defensive backs, joined ESPN in August 2002 as an NFL studio analyst. His primary role is providing analysis for ESPNEWS' Monday Quarterback.