Drew Rosenhaus really has outdone himself this time.
As if we already didn't have a slight inkling that the NFL's most powerful agent is a cocky guy, he's taking it to a stratospheric level. That's because, according to Rosenhaus, the success and failure of the nation's most powerful sports league depends on one person (sorry, Commissioner Goodell, but it's not you).
"I really believe that the NFL would fall apart without me," Rosenhaus said in an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes", which will air Sunday. "That may sound cocky, that may sound arrogant, but I am telling you the truth."
So, how exactly is he telling the truth here?
"When it breaks down between the team and the player, the agent is there to pick up those pieces," Rosenhaus said. "If a guy says, 'I want to be traded. I hate this team. I hate this coach.' I say to the player, 'Tell me, don't tell the coach. I don't want you to ruin your relationship with the team. Come to me.' "
Rosenhaus does represent some of the league's most prominent players (although he almost lost Eagles running back LeSean McCoy this week), so we certainly understand the bravado. But how can Rosenhaus claim to be the lifeblood of the NFL?
Football is the ultimate team sport -- both on the field and in a business sense. And that isn't even to speak of the fans' contributions to the game's success.