Drew Rosenhaus - Trading Agent
Drew Rosenhaus is a well-known character within the professional sports industry. Holding the distinction as the youngest person to become a registered sports agent in 1989, Rosenhaus has been helping clients obtain better trades for nearly two decades. Currently, Rosenhaus represents over 100 NFL players including Tommie Harris, Willis McGahee, Santana Moss, Terrell Owens, and Plaxico Burress. Rosenhaus owns his own company, Rosenhaus Sports Representation (RSR). During his career, Rosenhaus has negotiated over a billion dollars for his clients, resulting in much better trades than those created by many of his peers.
Known for his aggressive tactics, Rosenhaus has earned criticism from many in the industry for being cut-throat and money hungry in his representation of clients. Rosenhaus does little to dispel these accusations, referring to himself as the Most Ruthless Agent in the NFL. However, there can be no argument that Rosenhaus’ tactics result in better trades and negotiations for his clients as he has arranged some of the most lucrative deals in NFL history.
Rosenhaus managed to acquire a contract for running back Willis McGahee despite his potentially devastating knee injury at the end of his college football career. Under Rosenhaus’ leadership, McGahee was a first-round pick during the 2003 NFL draft, securing a contract with Buffalo Bills for $16 million. The fact that McGahee could barely walk when this deal was signed makes it especially impressive. Rosenhaus also managed the infamous Terrell Owens affair. Owens was suspended from the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005 after several physical altercations occurred with former teammate Hugh Douglas; the suspension lead to the Eagles releasing Owens from the team later that season. Four days after Owens was released from the Eagles, Rosenhaus had already managed to secure a better trade for Owens, negotiating a $25 million contract for him with the Dallas Cowboys.
Unlike many of his peers, Rosenhaus has been a very public figure during his career as a sports agent. He is employed by Sprint Exclusive Entertainment to report on the ins and outs of the NFL from an insider’s perspective and has also been featured on the cover of several publications including Sports Illustrated, a first in his industry. Rosenhaus has helped author two books detailing his life and career and was the inspiration for the character Bob Sugar in the blockbuster film Jerry McGuire. Perhaps it is this narcissism and greed that motivates Rosenhaus to continually strive for better trades for his clients and consequently more money for himself.