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Johnny Knox May Do Wonders For National Sports Agency

National Sports Agency got a lot of solid press for winning Spike TV’s reality show, Super Agent.  Harold Lewis and his company beat out nine other agents to win the right to represent Detroit Lions DT, Shaun Cody.  Harold also received some solid press from his interview at  But the biggest news for his young agency might have come over this past weekend, when Johnny Knox ran a 4.34 second 40-yard-dash.  The wide-receiver went from a junior college to Abilene Christian before his big coming-out-party at the 2009 NFL Combine.  Knox probably is not all that surprised with his 40-yard-time, as reports indicate he has run as fast as 4.27 at Tyler Junior College.  He was at the Texas v. The Nation All-Star game, but no one was really talking about him being a mid-round draft pick until the Combine..

Besides Knox, National Sports Agency has three other 2009 NFL Draft prospects at the Combine.  They are: Pannel Egboh (Stanford), Paul Fanaika (Arizona St.), and Lardarius Webb (Nicholls St.).

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.

3 replies on “Johnny Knox May Do Wonders For National Sports Agency”

I agree that running the 4.34 drastically improved Knox’s draft stock. However, since he already ran a 4.27 there is no indication that National’s trainers (or wherever they send their clients) did anything to improve his time.

I think the agency that has to be estatic regarding a client’s 40 is the agency that represents Ian Johnson out of Boise State. Wherever they sent him to train did an amazing job to get him to run an official 4.46 and unofficial 4.38 and 4.44.

The agency seems to be doing the right things right now. They were kind enough to grant us an interview with Knox recently, and it went really well. They seemed to be much better to deal with than any other agents we talked to when doing player interviews. It is important for an agency to be able to communicate with media well and get their players exposure, and they are doing that. Great article.

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