July 31st, 2011
The thing about composites is that people with similar characteristics believe they are the character.
It is why various agents — Leigh Steinberg, Drew Rosenhaus and Gary Wichard — have been credited with being the real-life Jerry Maguire, the sports agent with a conscience.
But maybe they're all right. Maybe the reps are getting a bad rap, and that there are several real-life Jerry Maguires in the sports-agent business. Take Kenny Zuckerman, who represents several NFL players with Hawaii ties.
Zuckerman was approached initially about representing UH running back Alex Green. But Zuckerman already had agreed to be the agent for former Nebraska running back Roy Helu, and felt it would be a conflict to represent similar-position players with nearly equal pre-draft ratings.
Zuckerman recommended agent Michael Hoffman to Green's camp. "Michael is a good guy," Zuckerman said.
In the NFL draft in April, the Green Bay Packers selected Alex Green in the third round with the 96th overall pick. Helu went the next day, to the Washington Redskins in the fourth round with the 105th pick. Despite being nine selections apart, Green's third-round status provided more leverage. Yesterday, Green signed a four-year contract, Hoffman said. Green also has reached an endorsement deal with Nike.
Helu also will do well, and has a chance to develop into a starting running back.
Zuckerman does not regret the decision. "It's about getting a young person the best opportunity," he said. "At the end of the day, I can sleep at night."
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UH has distributed what should be regarded as a very tentative two-deep chart. None of the defensive newcomers is listed, such as cornerback Mike Edwards and safety Brandon Leslie, and the nickelback position is not listed.
LWO: Darius Bright, Allen Sampson/Joe Avery
LSB: Billy Ray Stutzmann, Justin Clapp/Chris Gant
LT: Clayton Laurel, Jordan Loeffler
LG: Brett Leonard. Andrew Faaumu
C: Matagisila Lefiti, London Sapolu
RG: Chauncy Winchester-Makainai, David Lefotu
RT: Sean Shigematsu, Levi Legay
RSB: Miah Ostrowski, Corey Paclebar/Edu Amadi
RWO: Royce Pollard, Terence Bell
QB: Bryant Moniz, Shane Austin
RB: Sterling Jackson/Joey Iosefa
LE: Liko Satele, Marcus Malepai
LT: Vaughn Meatoga, Haku Correa
RT: Kaniela Tuipulotu, Geordon Hanohano
RE: Paipai Falemalu, Beau Yap
SLB: Art Laurel, TJ Taimatuia
MLB: Corey Paredes, George Daily-Lyles
WLB: Aaron Brown, Aulola Tonga
CB: John Hardy-Tuliau, Kawika Ornellas
SS: Richard Torres, Kamalani Alo
FS: Kenny Estes, Leroy Lutu
CB: Tank Hopkins, Dee Maggitt
P: Alex Dunnachie, Tyler Hadden
PK: Tyler Hadden, Kenton Chun
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The winners, as selected by Avis:
• Calvin Oshiro
• Mario in Sacramento
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