Earlier this week, we learned about Charlie Strong writing letters to agents telling them to stay clear of his players and the families of his players. There was a little bit of wonder as to why this occurred, some saying he did this to make himself look better, while others are criticizing him for the move, as they say it harms opportunities of his players. Yesterday, we really found out why he wrote the letter.
You see, Rose Murphy, who is the mother of UofL QB Teddy Bridgewater, asked Coach Strong if he could do something about the agents who were constantly harassing her. The Courier-Journal’s C.L. Brown wrote an article yesterday detailing her quotes about the subject:
“It was horrible at first, they were coming out of the woodwork,” said Murphy, who added it all started after the Cardinals’ Sugar Bowl win. “I learned who runners are. You had people speaking for them (agents). It was crazy, I was being set up.”
Murphy recalled a friend of a friend calling and asking her to stop by a restaurant so that she could take a picture with a big fan of Bridgewater.
“They were like, ‘Oh my brother is in town he’s just crazy about Teddy and he just wants a picture,’ ” said Murphy, who beat breast cancer and left a survivor’s function to meet them. When she arrived at the restaurant, “They pulled the (agent’s) portfolio from under the table.”
“That was the craziest thing that happened to me.”
That doesn’t mean she hasn’t found other attempts crazy. She got calls from the parent of a former teammate of Bridgewater trying to pitch a particular agent.
She’s received calls at work from those who Googled the number. She even took one on her way to church the day of the NFL draft when an agent called and told her, “around this time next year” she would be sitting with Bridgewater in the green room awaiting his name to be called.
“I spoke to Coach Strong and told him he needed to get (those) people off of me,” Murphy said. “So he came out with the letter.”
Hearing all these reports from her is incredible. Incredible that people would go to such lengths to try and get into the picture with Bridgewater. Strong deserves credit for what he did. He’s strong enough to stand up to these agents and their tactics.