This isn’t necessarily about the NFL, but if there’s a must-read story of the day, it’s this one, by George Dohrmann of Sports Illustrated.
Written with former sports agent Josh Luchs, it’s a first-person account of the seedy underworld of agents who are in the hunt to sign potential NFL players out of college.
In the story, Luchs talks about paying players – and violating NCAA rules – like Ryan Leaf. Keyshawn Johnson was one notable exception who turned down Luchs’ offer for money, and another was Jonathan Ogden, who nonetheless accompanied Luchs to a Janet Jackson concert where Luchs says Ogden “screamed "Janet!" the whole night like a teenage girl.”
Depending on how you feel about Mel Kiper Jr., he doesn’t come off real well in this story, and there are some interesting tidbits on Gary Wichard, who’s now in the middle of the UNC recruiting scandal.
But the biggest NFL impact might be the case of Jet WR Santonio Holmes.
In November 2005, Steve (Feldman) and I flew to Ohio State to talk to receiver Santonio Holmes. We met him outside the football building, and he said, "Listen, I want to save you the time. We don't need to meet. I've been taking money from (an agent) the last couple years, and he's been taking care of my family too."
Had it been 10 years earlier, I would have probably said, "Santonio, whatever he's paying you, I'll double it." But now, being at Gersh, I had Hollywood to sell. Let the other agents pay kids.
That’s tug-on-the-collar bad for Holmes. He’s denied it in this SI story, but I wonder what else Holmes will have to say about that. I wonder what Ohio State will have to say about that. I wonder what the NCAA and the NFL Players Association will have to say about that. This is a story that probably isn’t going to go away.
It should be repeated. Read this story. It’s fantastic.
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