Friday Wrap-Up

Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-Up

National Champions!  I was at Dolphins Stadium at 2 p.m., partying it up with my fellow Gators well before the start of the game.  Ended up getting amazing seats and loved every second of the National Championship experience.  Can you believe that I have been able to witness four Gators national championships in the time that I have been in school (2 basketball, 2 football)?  I truly am spoiled in that sense.  I will be heading back up to Gainesville today to start the 2nd half of my 2nd year of law school.  Apparently I am a Tastemaker?  My nickname has always been D’Lish…maybe it should change to Tasty?  On that note, stories I missed over the past week:


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By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

7 replies on “Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-Up”

Speaking of National Championship, I’d love to hear the Tim Tebow – NFL analysis from the agent’s perspective. If you were allowed to advise him without jeopardizing his eligibility, what would you tell him?

Talked about this with a lot of people lately. I would advise him to leave now, as much as I would love to see him in a Gators uniform for another year. Every snap you take, you are risking an injury. Take the money while you can. I honestly do not believe that he will be drafted as low as some people think (or not drafted altogether). Sure, he is non-traditional for the quarterback position, but that does not mean that he will not be successful in that role. A team needs to take a chance and base their system around Tebow’s strengths. Perhaps the Lions would be well suited to draft him.

And obviously Tebow doesn’t care about the risk of injury. He announced that he will be coming back for his senior season earlier today. It’s great to be a Florida Gator.

The thing that separates Tebow from the rest of the quarterbacks is his will to win. He has complete confidence in himself and is truly a father-figure on the sidelines. Every press conference you can hear about how he gave a motivational speech to his team to get them comfortable if they are down; that to me is the best attribute a player can have. Personally, I think Tebow will be an excellent QB, TE, or LB.


I agree and disagree about Tebow’s chances of becoming a successful QB at the NFL level. As everyone has noticed, he has his pros and cons:

Pro: His determination, work ethic, and will to win. If you poll a large number of sports fans and athletes, most people will not be able to point out a player that works as hard as Tebow. His remarks at the press conference after the Ole Miss game say it all. You can’t tell me that any coach in the NFL doesn’t want that type of attitude in the locker room.
Con: His will to win: This is a double edged sword. Of course every player needs to have a will to win, and Tebows is second to none in the way his will flows to his teammates. However, his ra-ra attitute on the field and sidelines could rub players the wrong way. The NFL is a business, and lets face it, not all players care about winning as much as Tebow.

Con/Pro: His tendency to run, throwing accuracy and throwing motion. All of the NFL scouts have been harping on the same statements all season: “He will get killed if he runs like that in the NFL!”, “He’s not accurate enough to be an NFL QB.”, and my favorite, “His throwing motion is too long and unorthodox for the NFL.” These are all valid points, and I understand why they are said. NFL QB’s must be more accurate, and a long throwing motion tips DB’s off for a quicker read to the ball. That said, I believe Tebow can still be an efffective QB. How?

1. Running ability? Run less. Enough said.
2. Accuracy? He has become more accurate every year. How can constant improvement be a bad thing?
3. His throwing motion? Note to the NFL: When are the scouts at the combine going to put more weight on the intangibles and less on the prototypical NFL QB mold? History should teach a few lessons: a.)Kerry Collins has one of the longest releases I have ever seen, yet he gets the nod over Vince Young and takes his team to an AFC South title; b.) Drew Brees is barely 6 ft. tall and he almost broke Marino’s single season record for pass yds this year; and c.) 6th round pick = Tom Brady.

In short, an NFL team should take a chance on him in the 2010 draft. Until then, us non-Florida SEC fans have to gear up for another long year in the SEC.

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