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Gary Wichard Of Pro Tect Management Has Passed Away

Gary Wichard, the former NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor at the top of successful football agency Pro Tect Management (which he founded in 1980) has passed away.  Multiple sources including a member of Pro Tect Management has confirmed the agent’s passing.

Wichard had represented some of the best in professional football.  At one point in time, Jason Taylor, Dwight Freeney, Terrell Suggs, Keith Bulluck, Antonio Cromartie, Elvis Dumervil, Jimmy Clausen, Everson Griffen, Taylor Mays, C.J. Spiller, and Darren Sproles all considered Wichard as their agent of record.  For a long time, Wichard was known for his ability to broker fantastic deals for his clients.  But then, The UNC Football Scandal broke.  Wichard ended up receiving a 9 month suspension from acting as an NFLPA Contract Advisor and was under investigation by the State of North Carolina at the time of his death.

Not everyone loved Gary Wichard.  He and Pro Tect were sued by his former client Brian Bosworth, for supposedly causing Bosworth to lose over $2 million based on referring Bosworth to a financial advisor (Judd Rothman of Rothman & Rothman in Patchogue, NY) who Wichard apparently knew had engaged in fraudulent activity in the past.  Bosworth additionally claimed that Wichard was receiving some sort of compensation for referring clients to Rothman.

But a lot of current and former clients did appreciate the work Wichard did for them over the years.  Our prayers go out to his family.  No matter what kind of harm he may have done to others and the sports agent profession, he was a human being and my hope is that he rests in peace.

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.

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