Wright Lindsey & Jennings Scouts Football Players for NFL

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Sep. 30, 2013 12:00 am  

Judy Henry

The firm had NFL players as clients years ago, but the number of players declined over the years.

To expand the sports law practice, Henry, an avid football fan, decided to apply to the NFL Players Association to become a licensed sport agent. The association’s program takes about a year to complete, and anyone representing an NFL player must be certified.

Henry said representing athletes is like a dream come true for her. She said she’s always wanted to be an advocate for players.

Henry received her law degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1984.

“This is a new practice area for both Judy and the firm,” Ed Lowther, the firm’s managing partner, said in an April 2010 news release. “We’re excited by the opportunity to expand our scope of services.”

The strategy to get players to sign with Henry is “all about relationships,” she said.

Henry attends college Pro Days and the NFL Combine “each year to increase exposure and to support our athletes,” the firm said on its website.

The firm, she said, will not skirt the various rules about meeting players. And those rules vary among different states, colleges and coaches.

“We are committed to compliance,” Henry said. “But not everyone is committed to compliance. Sometimes you might not get picked because of that.”

Henry said the firm wants to build a relationship with players who have the potential to play in the NFL and players who will be a good match for the firm.

She said she quizzes the athletes about what they want from an agent and what their priorities are.

“When a player answers those two questions, you typically see where not only their head is, but where their heart is,” Henry said. “And part of it is intuitive.”



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