If the name Gary Wichard sound familiar to you, it should. Wichard was the representing agent for Jason Taylor when he left Miami for the New York Jets after Wichard took issue with Bill Parcells and presumably Jeff Ireland for trying to deal with Taylor one on one as opposed to going through JT’s agent. Wichard has been confirmed to have died today.
The reasons surrounding his death including how he died is still uncertain but it was reported by a local NC news paper that Wichard had fallen on ill health. Wichard was suspended by the NFLPA for 9 months following an investigation that he was working with UNC assistant coach John Blake who was acting as a “runner” funneling college prospects to Wichard’s Pro Tect Management.
Founded in the 1980’s, Pro Tect Management represented many high profile NFL stars including Brian Bosworth who sued PTM for shady dealings with an investor that Wichard new was fraudulent in his business operations.
Sports Business Journal’s Liz Mullen reported that Wichard was suffering from diabetes and pancreatic cancer.