As I mentioned several days ago, the impetus behind my trip to Indianapolis was a seminar I was attending, the National Football Post’s Chalk Talk Seminar. The National Football Post is a website created and run by individuals who have all worked in some capacity in professional football and like ProFootballTalk.com several years ago, they are currently flying under the radar of casual fans.
As many that read this site know, I detest that so many football media outlets have started to lean towards hype and player promotion rather than covering the intricacies of the game. NFP is the shining beacon for the hardcore fans that want to learn about the game from every angle, front office, coaching, scouting and player perspectives.
When I found out they were doing a seminar for those interested in breaking into the business at the scouting combine, I would have delivered a forearm shiver to Ndamukong Suh to get there, so I packed up the Civic and drove five hours South to the Circle City to get some NFL knowledge dropped on me from the guys at NFP.
Andrew Brandt opened up Chalk Talk with a brief meet and greet and then we got underway. Andrew Brandt is the President of NFP, but prior to that, he was an agent, the GM of the Barcelona Dragons of the World League and the Vice President of the Green Bay Packers. Brandt has logged over 20 years experience in his various professional football roles and in addition to his work with NFP he is a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Andrew also recently joined ESPN to break down the looming labor situation.
Brandt presented for two hours on a variety of topics ranging from how he got his start in the agent business, to literally throwing a football team together in a few months in Barcelona and his time with the Packers. He moved onto some of the nitty gritty details about the CBA and the differences between the pre-2006 CBA and the one that’s about to expire.
Anecdotes, suggestions and behind the scenes explanations were sprinkled throughout the presentation as it was both instructional and informative.
Brandt then gave way to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune to discuss the media aspect of working in the NFL. Biggs has been on the Chicago Bears beat for nine years, written for the Sporting News and is the NFC North representative for the Pro Football Writers of America.
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