ESPN has a long piece on why Jason Taylor has dedicated his season to his agent.
Taylor was still calling Wichard every day, trying to give him the same kind of pick-me-ups the agent used to give him. But something was off, and he soon found out why the agent seemed to have gone into hiding. In the course of the football season, Wichard’s voice had been growing weaker, and the agent admitted to Taylor that he’d had complicated throat surgery. Then, he admitted to having gall bladder surgery, which had debilitated him even further. He was growing sicker, and he admitted to Taylor that he was fighting an undisclosed illness he didn’t want to worry his longtime client about but that his health was a major question mark. Taylor asked him whether he was going to be all right.
The agent cried.
So did the football player.