Tennessee football player starts NIL agency emphasizing mental health

Student athletes are some of the fastest and toughest people around, but behind the strength and public persona is a human being with complex emotions and real-life struggles – whether or not these on-field heroes like to admit it.

Anxiety and depression are not weaknesses, former Vols football player Derrick Furlow Jr. told Knox News, and he is working to break that stigma through specializing in name, image and likeness deals between student athletes and mental health organizations.

Sports Life Business, Furlow’s brand for authoring and public speaking, has expanded with SLB The Agency. To forge relationships with student athletes in this new NIL era, Furlow is employing former Vols standouts who had their own unique mental health struggles at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

SLB The Agency will work with athletes on all types of NIL deals, not just with mental health companies. Furlow said these deals could range from larger player payments to smaller exchanges.

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