DiPiero confirms split from Moss, says WR will act as his own agent
|05.30.10 at 8:29 pm ET|
According to his former agent Tim DiPiero, Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss has decided he will represent himself for the rest of his career.
In a statement e-mailed to several outlets Sunday evening, DiPiero — who had represented Moss since the receiver was a rookie back in 1998 — confirmed the story that was reported earlier in the day by Pro Football Talk. DiPiero said it had been a “privilege” to represent Moss over the course of his professional career, and said Moss informed him recently the he would soon be moving in this direction.
“I am writing to confirm reports that I am no longer Randy’s agent.
“Randy has talked to me for awhile about finishing his career without an agent and recently told me that as a veteran entering his entering his 13th season, he no longer believed he needs an agent. He told me he would be sending me official notice of his decision which he did last week.
“It has been a privilege representing him all these years and to have had a close-up view as we all watched a high school kid, who was this incredible ‘phenom,’ grow into a man and one of the greatest NFL players of all time. What has been most satisfying is to see him give back to our local community, especially to the kids. Randy has a soft spot for kids and when he does things for them, he does it for the right reasons.
“I will continue to catch him on TV each Sunday and root for him to get a ring before he retires.
“Sincerely, Tim DiPiero.”
The move ends a long professional relationship. DiPiero first came into Moss’ life in 1995 when the receiver was a West Virginia high school football star involved in a brawl that ended with Moss’ scholarship offer from Notre Dame being revoked. DiPiero represented Moss through that incident as well as others before he reached the NFL, including a positive marijuana test that resulted in his dismissal from Florida State. DiPiero would eventually go on to become his full-time agent when Moss became a pro in 1998.
If DiPiero’s statements are correct, Moss is one of the highest-profile NFL players who is now serving as his own agent. However, the idea of a star Patriot representing himself is nothing new — from 1996 until 2005, Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi negotiated his own deals. (Bruschi selected Boston-based Brad Blank as his representation over the final few years of his career.)
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