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Brandon Graham And Brandon Minor Put Their Trust In A Couple Of Friends

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Yesterday, I received word that Joel Segal of Blue Equity Sports Television (BEST) has signed Brandon Graham and Brandon Minor.

Both players just finished their senior seasons with the University of Michigan football team.  A 5-7 win/loss record is no flashy way to exit college football, but at least it was a better record than they boasted in 2008 (3-9).  The Rich Rod era is not off to the best of starts.

Anyway, with Michigan not headed to a bowl game, Graham and Minor are permitted to officially select their agents, and apparently they decided to stay blue, signing with Blue Equity and Joel Segal.

Graham (who has already committed to playing in the Senior Bowl) has recorded 29.5 career sacks and 56 career tackles for a loss as a Wolverine, and impressively had 10.5 sacks in 12 games played in 2009.  Minor (currently committed to play in the Shrine Game) led Michigan in rushing in 2008 and 2009.  This year he racked up 502 yards on 96 attempts.  Minor scores 8 touchdowns out of those 96 touches. ranks Graham as the best outside linebacker in the country, and a future first round pick.  The site claims that Minor is the 7th best running back available and that he will be taken off the board in the 4th or 5th round.  Any agency would be ecstatic about having the chance to represent either of the former Wolverines.

So how did Joel Segal land both of the future draft picks?  That is actually a very interesting story.  Segal had to survive a vetting process handed by a couple of Jewish Michigan undergrad students: Jordan Klein and a kid with the last name Sillman.  Graham and Minor spend the Jewish Holidays with the two Jewish students.  Maybe they would enjoy reading my Shabbat Shalom: Friday Wrap-Up column.

Neil Stratton of received a much lengthier explanation than I did on how it all went down.  Here are is my synopsis:

  • The players asked Klein and Sillman to find them the agents who would be the best fit.  Criteria = track record, previous contracts, their reputations around the league, and their chemistry with the player.
  • Klein and Sillman did not get paid to help out the players.
  • Agencies contacted included Athletes First, Priority Sports, BEST and the Tollners.  Agencies researched = Rosenhaus Sports and CAA.
  • The players themselves only met with 3 agencies – Joel Segal of BEST, Jeremiah Donati of Steinberg Sports, and Lamont Smith of All-Pro Sports (which was essentially done as a favor to Graham’s father).
  • Why BEST and Joel Segal won out – It was small enough where the players would not get overlooked, but had the same resources as the biggest firms.
  • Klein and Sillman are now interviewing financial planners for the players.

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.

4 replies on “Brandon Graham And Brandon Minor Put Their Trust In A Couple Of Friends”

This story was in the Michigan Daily. Sorry I couldn’t get them to Dynasty, but this is still exciting news for us Wolverines!

Why is Graham listed as an OLB? If a non 3-4 team takes him he’s putting his hand down, like he did for 4 years at Michigan.

I love watching Minor run. This kid runs through people. Sadly, because he gives out 15 or so bone crushing hits a game he missed half of his Junior and Senior year. I really hope no NFL team tries to change his style because he’s not the same guy. He could start from day 1 as a short distance back. I really think any team that drafts him needs a second good RB and a talent 3rd RB just in case. A team like Detroit with K. Smith and A. Brown would be the perfect spot for Minor. Another team would be the soon to be Bush less Saints. On first and second bring in Pierre Thomas. On short yardage bring in Minor. And on third and longs bring in Bell.

I really hope Minor goes before the 5th round. He is the one of the best RB in the Big 10 when healthy and is probably a 3rd round talent. Injuries drop him back a couple of rounds but they shouldn’t. He’s just that sort of a RB.

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