Sportstars helping along the way

CLINTON — Having good advice along the way is never a bad thing. As David Johnson prepares for the NFL Draft later this month, he’s got his agent, Jon Perzley, for assistance.

Johnson signed with Sportstars, Inc. this offseason as his representation, and is one of several hopeful future NFL players represented by the New York-based firm.

Perzley is his contract adviser and oversees marketing and even the day-to-day operations that Johnson would have to handle once he becomes an NFL player.

“We will negotiate his first, second and hopefully his third contract,” Perzley said. “There’s literally nothing that he has to go through or handle on his own.”

Perzley talks with all his clients on a daily basis, including Johnson.

“He’s absolutely got us by his side for whatever he needs,” Perzley said. “It’s essential to have an agent. If you do not have an agent to help you navigate your way to negotiate your contract, you’re basically going into your career with a blindfold on.”

Johnson proudly wore a SportStars sweatshirt while warming up before his Northern Iowa pro day workout last month.

“They’re good people,” Johnson said on March 24. “They have a lot of connections, and they have a lot clients who haven’t switched. I feel like it’s a great fit for me.”

Perzley mutually feels the connection between the two is a good one.

“He’s a big, phyiscal running back who has exceptional football intelligence,” Perzley said. “Pair that with who he is; you’re not going to find a better guy. He has everything that any agent would look for.”

Perzley and the agency followed Johnson throughout his senior year at UNI. Throughout the season, Perzley got to know Johnson and his girlfriend, Meghan Brock.

“Regardless of what level you play football on, the NFL finds talent,” Perzley said. “I would say to those who doubt David to go talk to a general manager, and then they’ll understand how he actually is. At the end of the day, he has a lot of talent.”

Sportstars had the most draftees in the 2014 draft with 25. Perzley hopes that all of his clients, including Johnson, can find a new home come the final weekend of this month in Chicago.

“I think we are going to do very well,” Perzley said. “I think that we are going to compete with that number for this year.”