A recent profile of sports super agent Drew Rosenhaus on 60 Minutes elicited the attention of NBC’s Luke Russert. To be sure, Rosenhaus is a divisive figure in sports. He is the real-life agent that inspired Tom Cruise’s character in Jerry Maguire. Some people point to him as the reason why professional athletes make as much money as they do. He is the very definition of a love-him-or-hate-him kind of guy.
Rosenhaus tells interviewer Scott Pelley that he really believes that “the NFL would fall apart without me.” Obviously, social media reacted and had several not-very-nice things to say about Rosenhaus. But in the middle of the fracas, Russert, who likes to sometimes play defense, jumped in. One thing about Russert: He likes to play up and down his famous surname depending on the circumstance. In this case, he’s just a regular, unknown kid from Buffalo. He tweeted:
Say what u will abt Rosenhaus, the guy treats people w respect. Nicest guy I dealt w as an intern at @pti (no he didn’t know my last name)
— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) September 17, 2012
Among the things they make clear in the profile is that Rosenhaus has a client on almost every NFL football team. That means he has a LOT of clients… So, knowing people’s names is probably a big deal. So, he probably knew who NBC’s Tim Russert was. So, he might have thought it was weird to see a doughy kid who looked a LOT like Tim Russert and yeah, right, Rosenhaus had NO IDEA who he was. While we could go on and on about the ridiculousness of this statement, Twitter user @PhilPerspective had a great line. He says, “And you only get that internship at
@PTI because of your last name.”