GWSB officially inducted professional football agent Joel Segal, BA, ’86, into the GW School of Business Sports Executives Hall of Fame on March 24. His client list features numerous Pro Bowl and first round draft picks, including Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.
Segal has negotiated record-setting contracts for his clients. He also serves as president of Lagardere Unlimited Football.
More than 10 former and current NFL players were in attendance to honor Segal, including Vick, Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans, Ashton Youboty of the Buffalo Bills and Ike Taylor of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In his introduction, GWSB Dean Doug Guthrie said sports are an important industry and a growing focus for the School of Business. “Joel Segal is a legend in this area and has an unbelievable roster of people he works for and with,” Guthrie said. “We are so happy to call him one of our own and to celebrate his presence.”
Segal praised the School of Business and Lisa Delpy Neirotti, director of GW’s Sports Management Program, for their work in the industry, stating “I think if I had [Delpy Neirotti] in school, I’d really be a super agent!”
“My whole professional career started at GW; I learned about work ethic and [developed] an understanding of how to out work people,” he added.
Mr. Segal thanked his clients, family and friends for their support, noting they were the reason he’s been so successful.
The GW Sports Executive Hall of Fame was created in 2007 to honor alumni working at executive levels in professional sports. Past winners include Ted Lerner, AA, ’48, LLB, ’50, managing owner of the Washington Nationals; Randy Levine, BA, ’77, president of the New York Yankees; and Abe Pollin, BBA,’45, former owner of the Washington Wizards and former chairman, chief executive and majority shareholder of Washington Sports and Entertainment. Click here to read more from GW Today.
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