Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Player agent Sean Stellato represents seven NFL players in Super Bowl LII, with players on both the Patriots and the Eagles.
He tells WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman that he modeled his Boston-based sports agency, Stellato Sports, after the Patriots organization, which he holds in high esteem.
After negotiating with them for the past seven or eight years, he's learned a thing or two about how they work.
"They are very good at what they do--not only from a football standpoint but their personnel, obviously their leadership trickles down from Mr. Kraft," he said. "You gotta go in there with your A game, and you gotta be prepared."
Kaufman asked if it's true Belichick has a reputation of saying, "Look, this is our number, we'll pay you what we want to pay you, if you don't like it, leave--but if you want to win, you gotta come here."
Stellato said that it's true that some players would take a pay cut in order to play in New England and have a chance at a Super Bowl ring--and that the Patriots seldom pay anyone over market value. After all, Belichick is looking for people that want championships, not a big payday.
"Not only is [Bill Belichick] building a team around very talented football players, but he's building a team around guys that believe in his concept and want to win," he said. "Some guys are driven by the dollar signs, others don't really look at winning as long as they get a paycheck. He's been great filtering through guys that buy into that."
The two also spoke about what Stellato tells his clients about playing in the NFL's biggest game, as well as Stellato's book about a local Salem, Massachusetts high school football team, "No Backing Down."
Listen to Adam's full interview with sports agent Sean Stellato here: