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Former NFL Lineman Steve Hutchinson Joins Sports Agency As Executive

Minneapolis, Minnesota-based The Institute for Athletes has hired Steve Hutchinson to become an executive at the football agency.

Former NFL offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson was represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) when he played professional football.  Hutchinson was a first round selection of the Seattle Seahawks in the 2001 NFL Draft.  He played for the Seahawks, Vikings and Titans before calling it quits in 2012.

Now Hutchinson enters the world of sports agency after getting a good idea of what it entailed while playing professionally for many years.  However, he is not joining the agency that represented him over his career.  Instead, Hutchinson has agreed to become an executive of Blake Baratz’s Minneapolis, Minnesota-based The Institute for Athletes (The IFA).


“Looking back, I was lucky to play with veteran offensive lineman during my first couple of years in Seattle who taught me how to become professional,” said Hutchinson.  “These guys were not handed anything, had no sense of entitlement, and worked hard for every opportunity and every dollar that they earned.  I carried these sentiments with me throughout my entire career, whether as a captain in the locker room or at the bargaining table as NFL Players Association representative.  I have learned the business of being a professional football player inside and out over these past twelve years, and I consider it to be a tremendous blessing to have the opportunity to help past the torch to the next generation of 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.