Tag:60 Minutes
Posted on: October 7, 2011 6:39 pm

Drew Rosenhaus: 'NFL would fall apart without me'

Drew Rosenhaus might be the NFL's most powerful agent. (Getty Images/US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Drew Rosenhaus is a polarizing figure in the National Football League. This is what happens when you're its most successful agent with a stable of some of the biggest names in the sport. It's also a testament to just how good he is at his job. Because if he didn't get his clients the best deals, we wouldn't be talking about him, and he wouldn't be featured on 60 Minutes this Sunday.

The man who many credit with making Willis McGahee a first-round pick despite suffering a devastating knee injury in his final college game is also the same guy best remembered for his "Next question!" answers to the impromptu press conference that broke out in Terrell Owens' yard several years ago.

But Rosenhaus, at least to hear him tell it, is also the glue that holds the league together.

He doesn't put on the pads or walk the sidelines, but Drew Rosenhaus, the agent who represents the most NFL players, is a force to be reckoned with - even if he has to say so himself. Scott Pelley reports for "60 Minutes" on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

“I really believe that the NFL would fall apart without me,” Rosenhaus tells 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley. “That may sound cocky, that may sound arrogant, but I am telling you the truth. ...

“When it breaks down between the team and the player, the agent is there to pick up those pieces,” he says. “If a guy says ‘I want to be traded; I hate this team. I hate this coach.’ I say to the player, ‘Tell me, don’t tell the coach. I don’t want you to ruin your relationship with the team. Come to me,’”

Rosenhaus says he takes “a couple hundred" calls a day at all hours, gives his players advice about everything on and off the field, and he'll even visit them behind bars.

“There’s nothing, nothing tougher than that,” he tells Pelley.

Rosenhaus' client, Plaxico Burress would agree. He was released from prison this summer and Rosenhaus was there for him even though Burress' football future was far from certain.

“I didn’t expect anything less [from Rosenhaus]. Because…I know him as a person and you know where his heart is,” Burress tells Pelley.

But it's not all rainbows and unicorns; Rosenhaus is in the business of making money. And Sunday night, 60 Minutes gets a glimpse behind the curtain.

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