USC quarterback Sam Darnold is widely regarded as a 2017 Heisman Trophy favorite and potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
However, when the redshirt sophomore quarterback was a backup in 2015, Darnold actively sought advice on how to handle being stuck on the bench.
As fate would have it, Darnold was enrolled in a class at USC in which super agent Scott Boras was asked to speak. After Boras was done speaking to the Sports, Business, Media class, Darnold waited behind 75 other kids to meet him.
Darnold approached Boras and introduced himself as “a backup quarterback,” according to Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated. Boras’ response would leave a mark on the young quarterback.
“Backup?” Boras remembers saying, per Sports Illustrated. “You may be unproven. You may be untested. But your status is never permanent. You’re no backup, and you can’t label yourself that way.”
Boras does not represent football players, but he definitely understands how athletes are wired. According to Sports Illustrated, Boras spent the next 45 minutes with Darnold and explained to him the importance of “thinking, preparing and identifying as a starter.”
Boras concluded his conversation with Darnold with a simple prediction: “Your time is coming.”