Last year at this time, Geno Smith was sipping Gatorade and preparing to play in Dana Holgorsen’s air-raid offense at West Virginia. One year later and the Jets rookie QB has inked a deal to make rap mogul Jay-Z his sports agent.
Smith fired his agents, Select Sports, shortly after he fell into the second round. Roc Nation, which is partnered with Creative Artists Agency, has also signed Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and former Notre Dame star Skylar Diggins in the past month.
“Spent some good time with [Jay Z],” Smith told a pool of reporters last week at an NFL rookie premiere event in Los Angeles. “He’s a great guy. Obviously, he’s seen as a pop icon, but I wasn’t starstruck. It was just about learning and I kind of picked his brain and just figured out some things. I felt good about it.”
He must’ve felt really good about it, seeing as Jay-Z will try to lay the blueprint foroff-the-field endorsement opportunities. That shouldn’t be hard. Let’s not forget that he is the founder of Rocawear, co-owns the 40/40 Club and is also a co-brand director for Budweiser Select. On top of that, he’s married to one of the hottest pop icons in Beyonce.
Seems like Geno is getting used to this whole “celebrity” thing.