Tuesday, April 28, 2009

NFL Draftees Will Need Strong Legal Representation


Last weekend marked an important annual event for football fans across this great country--the draft for the new crop of players to try their chances in the National Football League. There was not a great deal of drama surrounding who would be picked first, as that was correctly assumed to be Matthew Stafford out of Georgia. He will be the new quarterback for the Detroit Lions, a team that is hoping to improve on their winless 2008 season (how could they not?). The other high-profile quarterback, Mark Sanchez, was selected in a surprise trade to go to New York and take the helm of the Jets. On the big day, though, the state of Texas certainly was involved in some football transactions as well.

The Houston Texans selected Brian Cushing out of the University of South Carolina as their first-round draft choice. As a linebacker, Cushing hopes to add some strength to the defensive line of the Texans. The Dallas Cowboys waited until day two of the draft to jump into the action when they selected Jason Williams, an outside linebacker out of Western Illinois, in the third round. Those of us in Austin were watching to see where the draft-eligible members of the University of Texas Longhorns would end up. There were several outstanding UT athletes selected, including first-round draft pick Brian Orakpo, who was selected by the Washington Redskins.

All of these young men will be approaching attorneys, hopefully, to assist them as they maneuver through the contract negotiation process. At Bertolino LLP, we have attorneys who practice in the area of sports law and our clients include NFL players. We offer legal advice concerning contracts, endorsements, problems with agents or managers, and many other issues that are unique to the professional athlete. If you heard your name called over the weekend and you plan to be wearing a NFL jersey this fall, please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office and let's discuss what we can do for you.

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