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Paying Respect To Gary Wichard

As I reported last week, Gary Wichard of Pro Tect Management has passed away at the age of 60.  It has been reported that the cause of Wichard’s death was pancreatic cancer.  His family is requesting that instead of sending flowers, donations be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in Gary Wichard’s name.

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Click here to send your regards to Gary Wichard’s family.

The following is written on the site linked above:

After a long battle, Gary Wichard succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 60 at his home this morning with his wife and daughters by his side. Over the last 25 years, Wichard has been one of the most widely-respected and accomplished agents in the world of sports. He fought hard and worked tirelessly for all of his clients, while still garnering the utmost respect from team executives throughout the NFL. A family man first and foremost, he also considered his clients to be like family as well. This is truly a sad day for the countless lives he touched in such a profound way. Donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association and the Pancreatic Disease Network (

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.