February 3rd, 2012
03:27 AM GMT
New York (CNN) – The years of hard work, months of traveling and long nights reviewing game films all come down to this – the Super Bowl. If a player can make the big play at the right time it can not only clinch the championship, but change the course of his career.
That is what Eugene Lee is hoping for. He is the agent representing New England Patriot’s safety Sergio Brown. The Pats signed Brown as an undrafted free agent in 2010. It has been an up and down ride for Notre Dame graduate, but Brown has been on a roll lately. Filling in for an injured player, Brown made a key tackle in the final minutes of the play-off game against Baltimore. He will be starting in the big game Sunday.
Eugene Lee knows a big performance in the Super Bowl could make all the difference in solidifying Brown’s role as a starter and also helping Lee cement his reputation as a top-tier agent.
“I was playing basketball with some of the Notre Dame football players and they asked if I could give them some advice,” he says. That blossomed into a career that has seen Lee and his five-person team sign 11 professional NFL players. But Eugene Lee would like to get to a point where he is vying for top round picks year in and year out.
So the Super Bowl could give both Brown and Lee the break they are looking for.
Think you’ve got what it takes to be a sports agent? I asked Lee what advice he has for getting into the field.
“Have a business background, in either finance or marketing. A law degree would give you an added advantage, especially when negotiating contracts. Networking is key,” Lee says.
“You have to build your Rolodex. NFL scouts, coaches, personnel directors, general managers. How do you meet them? At the (National Underclassmen) Combine, Senior Bowl, (East-West) Shrine game, College Pro days. Everywhere and anywhere press the flesh and build relationships.”
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