Nits’ Connor selects Rosenhaus as agent

Nits’ Connor selects Rosenhaus as agent

By BERNARD FERNANDEZ
Philadelphia Daily News

Like many Eagles fans, Jim Connor watched the television highlights of agent Drew Rosenhaus’ now-infamous Nov. 8, 2005, “Next question” press conference with a combination of anger and loathing. He considered disgruntled Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens to be a disruptive force wrecking his favorite NFL team’s season, and he saw Rosenhaus, Owens’ agent, as T.O.’s smarmy enabler.

So it probably came as something as a surprise to Connor when, after interviewing 20-plus potential agents for his son, Penn State All-America linebacker Dan Connor, he recommended Rosenhaus as one of the two finalists.

It must be true that time heals all wounds.

Dan Connor selected Rosenhaus as his agent yesterday, for what the elder Connor said were all the right reasons.

“Philadelphia fans absolutely hated this guy,” Jim Connor said in recalling the dog-and-pony show Rosenhaus orchestrated for Owens 26 months ago in front of Owens’ Moorestown, N.J., home. “We thought it would be interesting just to talk to him. It was more or less on a whim. But once you do talk to him, you put all that other stuff aside.

“One, he knows his stuff and two, he cares only about his clients. This is our son. We wanted someone who we knew would really look out for him.”

Jim Connor said he began the process of finding an agent for his son in the spring of 2007.

Dan Connor was unavailable for comment yesterday but his father explained how they reached the decision to go with Rosenhaus.

“Basically, we were learning on the fly because we were clueless,” Jim Connor said. “But we learned.

“We wanted to keep Dan out of it until after his bowl game. The idea was to bring him the last two guys and let him make the final decision.”

Rosenhaus and his brother, Jason, their company’s resident numbers-cruncher, apparently made a more compelling case for themselves than did the unidentified runner-up.

“Drew’s list of linebacker clients is very impressive,” Jim Connor said, no small consideration for a product off Penn State’s “Linebacker U” assembly line.

“We have guys like Zack Thomas, Lance Briggs, London Fletcher, Dan Morgan, Antonio Pierce,” Rosenhaus said, reeling off the names of linebackers he represents who have all gone on to the Pro Bowl or Super Bowl.

Rosenhaus said the Connors were “very thorough” in making their evaluations.

“It’s always nice dealing with people that pick agents on a professional basis and not for all the other nonsense that you see in this business,” he said. *