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NFL agent Gary Wichard dies

Posted on: March 11, 2011 4:01 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2011 4:34 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Long-time NFL agent and founder of Pro Tect Management Gary Wichard died on Friday morning at the age of 60 of complications resulting from diabetes and pancreatic cancer.

The news of Wichard's passing was first reported by Darren Heitner of SportsAgentBlog.com and additional notes of sadness were passed along by Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports and client Jimmy Clausen.

Wichard represented some big-name NFL clients over the years -- including Terrell Suggs, Chris Cooley, Clausen, Dwight Freeney and Jason Taylor, to name a few -- but came under a great deal of scrutiny with his involvement in the agent scandal involving the UNC-Chapel Hill football team.

Wichard, at the time of his death, was serving a nine-month suspension from the NFLPA and was being investigated by the North Carolina Secretary of State.

Despite all that, many people who worked with Wichard during his lengthy career -- be it other agents or sportswriters -- noted what a professional he was.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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NFL agent Gary Wichard dies

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NFL agent Gary Wichard dies

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Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: March 14, 2011 10:06 am
 

NFL agent Gary Wichard dies

Hey Jack, do you mind clarifying a little?  Are you saying in some states "agents" can be charged with a crime and possibly do jail time for contacting/signing college atheletes? 

If so, I would like to read more about that. 

Thanks.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 14, 2011 7:59 am
 

NFL agent Gary Wichard dies

That's not true everywhere, Bama. State laws run the gamut. For instance, no other state is as lenient as California, where the agency rules seem to be the sole purview of the Hollywood agency power structure.



Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: March 14, 2011 5:19 am
 

NFL agent Gary Wichard dies

Not trying to split hairs....but going after college players isn't "illegal".  It's against NCAA rules.  These agents don't work for the NCAA or the NFL and have never sworn an oath to the NCAA. 



Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: March 12, 2011 1:32 pm
 

NFL agent Gary Wichard dies

Not many remember but he was a standout record setting All American in college at quarterback playing for C.W. Post on Long Island.  He was drafted by the Colts but never played in the NFL.  He was reportedly Cameron Crowe's inspiration for the Tom Cruise character in Jerry Maguire.  His career as an agent is well known.  He accomplished far more than most people in his lifetime.  Rest in peace Gary.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:25 pm
 

NFL agent Gary Wichard dies

Where's Mel Kiper going to get his info now?



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:44 pm
 

NFL agent Gary Wichard dies

I'm not suggesting anything, but the timing is weird.  Regardless, I'm sorry to hear this.  I feel bad for his family.  It's terrible to lose a loved one.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:21 pm
 

NFL agent Gary Wichard dies

It's a cut throat business and though I would never rationalize or condone anything illegal being done the man left his mark on the game and at the same time made his clients very wealthy men.<br /> <br />



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