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Pat White Will Have To Get Used To Life In The Minors

If you watched the Miami Dolphins play the Buffalo Bills on yesterday, you definitely did not see Pat White in the famous Wildcat offense formation.  The 44th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft was waived by the Dolphins on September 4, 2010, just prior to the start of the season.  It did not take long for White to find a new team, though.  But he is not on an NFL roster.  Instead, he is one of the newest additions to the Kansas City Royals farm system.

White was born in Daphne, Alabama and attended Daphne High School, where he played both football and baseball.  He won 2 state championships as an outfielder and pitcher for his high school’s baseball team.  But he did not play baseball at West Virginia University (because of a lack of African-Americans?) and likely will take a long time to adjust to life as a baseball player.  His meager Minor League salary will not compare to the $2.4 million in guaranteed money that he received for signing his original contract with the Dolphins.

As a professional football player, Pat White was signed with the agency Athletes First.  It is very likely that White will stick with the company, as Athletes First does have some baseball clients, even though they do not list any on their website.

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.