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Inside the CFL: An easy transition

Ted Michaels, CFL Editor

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Some pro football players have difficulty making a transition to a post-playing career.

Tim Fleiszer is not one of them.

The Montreal-born Fleiszer is a Harvard grad, with a major in English, as well as minors in government and economics.

He played 10 seasons in the CFL, and won four Grey Cups; with Hamilton in 1999, Montreal in 2002, Edmonton in 2005 and Saskatchewan in 2007.

Now, Fleiszer is working on becoming a success in another field.

He's a partner in Gil Scott Sports Management, a Toronto-based company that represents hundreds of pro athletes and coaches.

"I was at the Grey Cup in 2007 and I was heading back to the hotel after practice. My agent, Gil Scott, knew that it was my final year," he recalled. "Gil wanted to talk to me, and I was a little annoyed because I wanted to take a nap before meeting my parents. He was looking for a younger guy to join his firm. My initial response was 'thanks, I appreciate you thinking of me. Let me think about it.' I went back up to my room, told my roommate, (defensive lineman) Luc Mullinder, that Gil just asked me to be his partner. He looked me in the eye and said, 'if you become an agent, I'm your first client.'"

After spending the first post-playing year away from football, Fleiszer dove headlong into his new career.

"I think that my career as a player certainly helped me, as did some of the things I did as a player rep. More than one GM referred to me as a locker room lawyer," he laughed.

"I enjoy the negotiation aspect. It's fun being able to sit across the table from guys like Wally Buono (BC Lions GM and Head Coach) to see why they make the decisions that they make."

Some people would question why CFL players, who don't make nearly as much as NFL players, would need an agent.

"Anybody in pro sports needs an agent, whether it's a rookie CFL player or the GM of the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins (Peter Chiarelli) who is one of our clients," Fleiszer pointed out.

"It does three things. First, it's awkward trying to negotiate for yourself because personal feelings can get involved. It's nice to have that buffer. Secondly, this is what I do for a living. If we weren't able to do better for guys, they'd see no need for our services. Third, we're now expanding our suite of services, so we help guys with marketing themselves off the field, for example."

Notes: Inside the CFL couldn't let Fleiszer get away without pinning him down (metaphorically speaking) and asking him who he thought would play in the Grey Cup.

"I really like Hamilton and it's not because we have some players as clients and also represent the head coach, the offensive and defensive coordinators. I think signing (running back) Avon Cobourne was a fantastic move, as was signing (middle linebacker) Renauld Williams. Jason Medlock will help in the kicking game. Out west, I think Saskatchewan will be tough to beat."

Ted Michaels is the host of the Fifth Quarter, on AM 900 CHML.

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