Just how accurate is Jerry Maguire? I watched this movie for the first time a week ago and so far our process has been much more...chill. The phrase "SHOW ME THE MONEY" hasn't been mumbled yet.
However, this process has been very informative and Charlie and I have learned a lot. To begin, agents started reaching out to Charlie this past summer, we met with a few, but Charlie made the decision to divert any agents to his brother, Allen, while in season. After the SEC Championship we started speaking with agents again. From the start, Charlie wanted me to be involved in all the conversations and decisions because we're a team! We spent a few weeks talking with agents, asking lots of questions, listening to their advice (I have a few pages full of information). Charlie found it a little exhausting and I found it very interesting. I love to learn, my head volleyball coach in college, Tom Black, equipped me with that quality.
We really had to walk in faith during this process because we went in pretty ignorant. If someone wanted to take advantage of us...it wouldn't have been hard. We were transparent from the start saying that we didn't know a lot about the process and to our surprise every agent was extremely helpful, intentional and honest (Thank you, Lord).
We asked questions like:
Will Charlie only work with you?How many other prospects do you have? What connections do you have? What do you see in Charlie? Why do you want him? Can you get him into the combine? What kind of stipend will he have? What do you need from us? Do you have concerns?
What do we need to prepare for on our end?
What about the bowl games?
Honestly, I carried a heavier load in the conversations because I needed to know why they wanted Charlie and if they were going to take care of him. They needed to know Charlie's character and respect our faith in the process. Thankfully, Charlie and I's brains process information and think in different ways. Questions he asked...I never thought of and vice versa. It was fun to work as a team and fill in where one another was weak.
During this process, Charlie had the opportunity to reach out to friends and old teammates that were currently active in the NFL or had experienced the draft process. We're very thankful for those folks that were willing to step in and help us.
After a lot of prayer, questions and discussions Charlie and I agreed on the agent we needed to go with, Carter Chow. We signed with Carter Chow, on January 6th. Carter is located in Los Angeles and unfortunately we never got to meet him face to face before committing (which is completely unlike Charlie and myself). He works in an agency called Yee & Dubin.
We picked Carter because he cared about Charlie and I as people. He was really easy to talk to and had very detailed answers for each of our questions. He never left anything up for question. We just had...that feeling. I hate to say that, but it's true. I always remember asking couples, "How did you know that he/she was the one?" and their answer would always be, "You just know." I always found that so frustrating until I met Charlie and it all made sense. Well in a non-romantic way that's kind of the feeling we had when choosing Carter.
With that being said, I don't think we could've gone wrong with any of the agents that pursued Charlie. We had a great experience with almost every agent we spoke with, but at the end of the day a decision had to be made.
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We are thankful for the prayers and advice from our friends and family. Most of all I'm thankful that Charlie and I never felt alone. Our faith provided consistency and we never carried the burden of the decision.