Jack Bechta has seen the business of football from many sides. He is a former college player and teammate of Darrell Green, a cornerback who went on to have an NFL Hall of Fame career with the Redskins. "I kind of had a front-row seat for all his dealings with agents and scouts. It was a great laboratory for me," he said.
"My dorm room phone would ring all the time. It was never for me, but there was always an agent or scout on the other line."
After college, Bechta began working for the American stock brokerage firm EF Hutton. While there he met Gene Upshaw, the former Hall of Famer with the Oakland Raiders who later became president of the NFL Players' Association. Bechta decided to become an agent after being encouraged to do so by Upshaw.
Today he represents 18 NFL players and is the agent for Stanford's Jim Harbaugh.
Bechta, who is also a founder of the site National Football Post, has strong opinions about his business, which has been criticized in recent weeks by such high-profile coaches as Nick Saban and Urban Meyer. Bechta shares some of his opinions on our latest podcast, which you can listen to by clicking here or on the audio link below. The podcast runs 18:37.Agent's Journal on the National Football Post. His latest entry is titled, "NFL agents want the same thing as Saban."
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