Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

20 Jul 2005

Rosenhaus Performs CPR, Saves Boy

Drew Rosenhaus will do anything to get his name in the papers, won't he? The agent performed CPR to save a young boy pulled unconscious from a swimming pool at a Disney World resort hotel Tuesday. The Chicago boy was on a trip with his family. He was transported to a hospital but was expected to be fine. In the brief moments that Rosenhaus's lips were near the boy's ears, he convinced him to refuse to do any household chores until his parents increase his allowance.

Posted by: Michael David Smith on 20 Jul 2005

25 comments, Last at 26 Jul 2005, 9:48am by Bill


by James, London (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 1:04pm

"In the brief moments that Rosenhaus’s lips were near the boy’s ears, he convinced him to refuse to do any household chores until his parents increase his allowance."

Harsh. But very Funny.

by princeton73 (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 1:05pm

this really annoys me

it would be like reading a report that Karl Rove helped a little old lady across the street

(I wonder if he's going to induce the kid to hold out for less homework)

by Vinny (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 1:09pm

If anyone has seen the movie "The Contender" (good flick, and Gary Oldman should have been nominated for an Oscar), this story should sound familiar. Thank goodness the kid made it though.

by Kyle(TCN) (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 1:11pm

right. because there's no difference between being polite and saving a life. none at all.

props to drew.

by Jersey (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 1:39pm

Give the man some credit, according to reports the kid had no pulse. Police confirmed the whole story. I hate drew for what he's doing with TO and the Eagles, but a man deserves credit when he saves a life, whoever he is.

by Richie (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 2:04pm

Being a tough businessman and a good human are not mutually exclusive.

by MDS (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 2:07pm

The guy obviously deserves credit for this. I hope it goes without saying that the last sentence was just my own little joke, and it's a joke that I suspect Rosenhaus himself would find funny.

by C (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 2:24pm

I still don't think Andy Reid will take his calls, however.

by Adam H (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 2:28pm

It does really suck when you feel somebody deserves your disgust, and then they go and do something like this. Oh well, at least it wasn't Andy Reid's or Brett Farve's kid. A story like that would never go away.

by Basilicus (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 2:37pm

Come on, guys...while I don't like Rosenhaus as a fan and think he's an a**hole as an agent, I don't by any means go so far as to think that he might be a horrible person because of this. That's all business and his business philosophy could be completely separated from who he is as a person. I'm not saying he isn't a jerk...I don't know, he could be...but I think it's unfair to just assume he is as a person. As a fan, I think he's a jerk...as a human, I am not going to make assumptions.

by sippican (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 2:42pm

Mad props to Mr Rosenhaus. But did he have to suck the boy's soul out through his mouth like that?

by Dired (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 2:56pm

I've never really bought into the 'Rosenhaus is a villian' bit - sure no one wants to see a guy on their team to hold out, but I've never got the impression he was ever after more than what was the best he could get for his guy. He has no personal life, no time off; his entire ego seems to be based on his performance as an agent. It's not about 'beating the man'; it's about his perception of being part of the team, and a successful part. If his current tactics stop working, I fully expect he'll adapt. He's not evil - as this incident shows - he just knows whose side he's on and plays to win. If his guys start getting cut or get crap contracts, that's not winning.

Yeah, we all want our players in camp, on time, under budget. But just like I don't want a pushover lawyer if I'm looking at hard time, if 99% of my life's income is coming over a 4-7 year period, I want someone who's going to get all he can for me.

by Ray (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 2:58pm

Hehe, some good stuff in here. I hope no one minds the jokes, I think they're pretty appropriate.

No one can deny the admirable deed Rosenhaus has done; saving a life is a great good, second to none. In fact, there are some who say that Drew's heart grew three sizes that day! So afterwards he said to T.O., "Go and get to camp! Go, go go!"

by Basilicus (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 3:05pm

Oh dear gods...Ray...that's the funniest thing I've read in a long, long time. Well played.

by Vinny (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 3:11pm

Agreed Ray. Nobody here seriously doubts that this was a heroic act; we're just trying to be funny. Nothing to get worked up about.

by karlf (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 4:55pm

What the story doesn't report is that Drew got his name officially change to Superhaus, wears a cape while driving around Miami, and has warned Andy read that all "evildoers will be destroyed".

by Pat on the Back (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 6:14pm

I read somewhere that actually very few of Rosenhauses clients had ever held out of camp (I think the number was like 2 or 3), but that he just uses the threat of it as par for the course.

Also, read on si.com that he was a lifegaurd in college, so this story makes sense.

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 8:53pm

This is a great story that confounds our tendency to place people we don't know into firmly structured categories..... "Rosenhaus is a jerk!...wait!,,,Rosenhaus is a hero!,,,jerk!...hero!....does not compute!does not compute!...." (CRASH!!!)

There is nothing mutually exclusive about being a jerk and also a hero, and heroic jerks are not hugely uncommon, but I can't even be certain that Rosenhaus is a jerk, because I'm not privy to the conversations he has with his clients and the teams he meets across the bargaining table. His clients are adults possessed of free will, and they are responsible for their actions. If Rosenhaus lies to his clents, or the teams he negotiates with, then he is indeed a jerk, but I don't know that for a fact.

I'm not one to bemoan the NFL's lack of fully guaranteed contracts. That feature is part of what makes the competition so intense, and players are fully free to negotiate a signing bonus which reflects the fact that the rest of the contract isn't guaranteed. I really don't have a problem with a player holding out, however, as long as he can be compelled to return the pro-rated part of the guaranteed money he has received, which is probably why Ricky Williams suddenly became so much more interested in playing football again.

by byron (not verified) :: Thu, 07/21/2005 - 11:00pm

so it is not evil for an nfl team to cut whoever they want, for whatever reason they want, regardless of how much money or time remains on their contract, but it is evil for an agent to get the most money a team is willing to spend on a player...

doesn't make sense to me

by HimBruno (not verified) :: Fri, 07/22/2005 - 8:00am

The problem is NOT getting a player the most money. The problem (which makes him evil) is doing it BEFORE their contract is up. After the first year of a 7 year contract, holdout for a new contract?
I would not shed a tear if TO never played again.

by B (not verified) :: Fri, 07/22/2005 - 10:50am

Drew acts in the best interest of his clients, which is what an agent is supposed to do. NFL GMs generally act in the best interest of thier teams, which is what a GM is supposed to do. I don't see either party as "evil."

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Fri, 07/22/2005 - 1:06pm

Nobody's evil in these situations. Teams are free to cut loose a player who they don't believe is worth paying until the end of the contract. Players are free to demand a signing bonus that is large enough to compensate for the fact that the balance of the contract is not guaranteed. Players can hold out for new contract, with more money up front, and teams can refuse to do so, and then demand a pro-rated portion of the original bonus to be returned.

I do think the Eagles would be nuts to cave to Owens'demands. Is Owens going to forgo seven million or so, over the next 6 months, at his age? Do the Eagles have any reason to think that Owen won't miss significant time to injury, gievn his history over the past 4 yearsor so? If I was Eagles' management, I'd send Owens a nice watch for service rendered, and wish him well in his next career.

by MDS (not verified) :: Fri, 07/22/2005 - 1:25pm

I agree, Will. I don't understand why people think either side in these negotiations is doing anything wrong. It's no different from your own job: You can quit or your boss can fire you, you can ask for a raise and your boss can either give it to you or turn it down, etc. Obviously, most people don't sign seven-year contracts at their jobs, but if you did you could handle it the same way as TO and your employers could handle it the same way as the Eagles.

by Terrell Owens (not verified) :: Mon, 07/25/2005 - 2:09pm

Hey Drew, can you CPR me sometime?

by Bill (not verified) :: Tue, 07/26/2005 - 9:48am

If Drew Rosenhaus is not scurrilous, just a typical agent...

then why aren't we reading about other agents getting their players to screw their teams. Seems like it's always someone represented by Rosenhaus.
Maybe. Maybe not.