Detroit Lions' Shaun Cody to Star In Spike TV's 'Super Agent'
Reality Series Chronicles How The Lions' Second Round Pick Decided Between
Nine Sports Agents
NFL Superstar Tony Gonzalez To Serve as Host
Series Premieres Friday, July 22
NEW YORK, July 19 -- Spike TV chronicles the arduous
decision-making process Shaun Cody, Detroit Lions' rookie and former USC All
American defensive lineman, endured in picking a sports agent in Super Agent.
The new reality series premieres just as NFL training camps open on Friday,
July 22 (10:00-11:00pm ET/PT). In the series, Cody decides between nine
prominent sports agents angling to represent him. The eight-episode original
series is hosted by Kansas City Chiefs five-time All-Pro tight-end Tony
Gonzalez. Detroit Lions running back Kevin Jones appears in the series as
Gonzalez, the Kansas City Chiefs' future Hall of Famer, will serve as host
and provide council to Cody as he puts the nine agents through a litany of
challenges and tasks to ultimately represent him.
"This series lifts the curtain on the intriguing decision-making process
top athletes go through in deciding on an agent," said Kevin Kay, Executive
Vice President, Programming and Production, Spike TV.
The tasks the various agents will be judged on will showcase their skills
in negotiating deals, evaluating football talent, and handling personal
relationships with friends and families. From the sidelines of the Senior
Bowl, to Super Bowl hospitality tents, to Cody's living room in Hacienda
Heights, CA, Spike TV's cameras will follow the agents in their quest to land
the multi-million dollar client.
In each episode, a different agent who fails to impress Cody in the
assigned task will be eliminated. Gonzalez will serve as his trusted advisor
and mentor through the process and will be on hand in each episode to share
his eight years of NFL experience in dealing with agents with his younger
neophyte. The winning agent is selected on the final episode. The series
culminates on NFL Draft Day as Cody receives the most anticipated call of his
life from Matt Millen, President of the Detroit Lions.
"The most critical business decision a college athlete makes when becoming
a professional athlete is choosing his agent," adds Gonzalez.
Gonzalez, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, has spent his entire eight-year
career with the Kansas City Chiefs and is regarded as the game's preeminent
tight end. In 2004, he became the first tight end in NFL history to record
over 100 receptions in one season. Gonzalez grew up in Huntington Beach, CA
and was the rare athlete to play both Division I football and basketball at
the University of California at Berkeley.
Jack Bechta, Josh Ripple, and Tami Holzman created the show for NBC
Universal Domestic Television Distribution and are executive producers. Rick
DeOliveira and James DuBose also serve as executive producer and Brian Keith
Etheridge is co-executive producers.
Jordan Harman serves as Executive in Charge of Production for Spike TV.
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