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Influential NFL Agent Drew Rosenhaus Profiled On CBS' "60 Minutes"

Rosenhaus discusses his life as an NFL agent in "60 Minutes" profile
NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus was profiled on CBS' "60 Minutes" last night, and CBS' Scott Pelley noted there are “almost 1,000 agents in the NFL, but no one represents more players than Rosenhaus." He is "at the same time revered, feared and hated, and to hear him tell it he just may be the most important player in all of pro football.” Rosenhaus said, "I really believe that the NFL would fall apart without me. That may sound cocky, that may sound arrogant, but I’m telling you the truth.” He added, “I live it, eat it, sleep it. Every single minute of the day, I think about my work. I love it.” Rosenhaus said his clients “are like my family.” Pelley noted Rosenhaus has 170 active clients and said, “You can’t have a personal relationship with 170 guys.” Rosenhaus: “I do. I want each one of my clients to feel that they are my only client.” Pelley noted Rosenhaus has now built a “family business ... into the biggest agency in all of football.” Pelley: “The rap on you is that you steal other guys' clients.” Rosenhaus: “I’ve heard it, but it is so false.” Rosenhaus has been the subject of almost 50 grievances filed by other agents with the NFLPA “claiming he has stolen their clients." However, Rosenhaus "says he has won every case.” Rosenhaus: “It’s kill or be killed in this business, and I intend to do the killing” (“60 Minutes,” CBS, 10/9).
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