Mike Chappell of the Indy Star has written a fantastic article on super agent Tom Condon. It is a highly recommended read. Chappell looks at how Condon hooked on with the Manning brothers and progressed from NFL fringe player to arguably the league's most powerful agent. Here is an excerpt.
If there was a tipping point in Condon's early talks with Manning, it might have been a specific item in Condon's resume.
Yes, he was an attorney, having earned his degree from the University of Baltimore's School of Law in 1981. More than that, Condon's background teemed with football.
"One thing that attracted me to Tom, different from the other guys I was interviewing, was one of his greatest strengths, and that's that he played the game," Manning said. "He played in the NFL. That's always been important to me. He had that insight that a guy that didn't play, a guy who's just a lawyer, doesn't have."
Condon, 58, was an accomplished offensive lineman at Boston College. In 1984, a decade after his graduation, he was inducted into the school's Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame.
A 10th-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1974, Condon's NFL career spanned 148 games, 131 as a starter, before it ended in 1985.
Condon knew early on that his NFL future might be limited. Wisely, he worked towards a law degree during the off-seasons. Chappell takes you through Condon’s early days as an agent and on into the present, where he has a client list that includes the Mannings, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan Bob Sanders, LaDainian Tomlinson, Steve Hutchinson Kevin Williams, Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez.
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