Agents play a role in an athlete's off-field career

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.