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NFL players and their agents


Slater

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Though I'd say before this, my guess is agents started getting popular right about when the NY Jets had to sign Joe Namath to the biggest contract in football at that time. It was just after he won Super Bowl III and I beleive he was threating to jump ship (possibly to the NFL) if the team didn't comply. Not wanting to lose the biggest name in the AFL as they were in the midst of negotiating a merger with the NFL, the league "encouraged" the Jets to give in.

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There is a story about Hall of Fame center Jim Ringo bringing an agent with him to negotiate his contract for 1964 with Vince Lombardi and the Packers. Lombardi asked Ringo and the agent to leave his office because he had to make a telephone call. When he got off the phone, he told the agent he could advise his client that he had just been traded to Philadelphia. So by this example, they were around in 1964, they just weren't tolerated by everybody.

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