Matt Babcock: Next thing I knew, I was on the phone with Andy Miller, a prominent agent from New York who was the owner and founder of ASM Sports and represented star players Kevin Garnett, Chauncey Billups, and many others. After one phone call with Andy, he offered me a job with the career path and initial responsibilities that I wanted. He also offered me a little more money than I was making at the time. In a knee-jerk reaction, I agreed to leave Excel Sports, after only a handful of months there, to work directly for Andy Miller at ASM Sports. Over time I realized that leaving Excel Sports was an enormous mistake, for many reasons. I am not one to have many regrets, as I try to use my mistakes as learning experiences so that I can grow and improve. However, I truly regret leaving Sam Goldfeder prematurely. It was probably the biggest mistake I have made in my career. I still keep in touch with Sam and we have a good relationship, but I must admit that I am embarrassed that I bailed on him after everything he and his family had done for me.
My immaturity and impatience at that time really hurt me, and it probably set my career back pretty significantly. It took me time to truly absorb the lesson, but I learned that sometimes I need to get out of my own way.