Joseph M. "Joe" Linta made history as an NFL
agent when he negotiated the largest contract ever for an
NFL player. But Joe also spends the slow months of the agent
business as the head coach of Hamden Hall high school in
Hamden, Connecticut. His ability to serve clients and guide
young football players makes Joe Linta an outstanding
addition to the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.
Joe was born December 1, 1959, in New
Brighton. He attended Freedom High School, where he lettered
twice in basketball and twice in track and field. Joe was a
three-year letterman in football and made All-Conference in
football in 1976 and on his 11-1 1977 team.
Joe graduated as valedictorian from
Freedom High School in 1978. Joe then attended Yale
University from 1978 to 1983, where he played defensive
tackle on the varsity football team for four years,
including Yale's Ivy League championship teams in 1979,
1980, and 1981.
After graduating from Yale with a double
major in political science and administrative science, Joe
served as defensive line coach for the University of New
Haven in 1983 and 1984. He then returned to Yale, where he
served as the freshman team's defensive coordinator and a
varsity assistant from 1985 to 1992, including Yale's 1989
Ivy League Championship team.
In 2011, Joe accepted the head coach
position at Hamden Hall, where his sons Nick and T.J.
played. Nick made the All-Conference team as a wide
receiver, and T.J. is a three-star recruit and 25th-rated
quarterback in the nation according to ESPN. In 2013, Joe's
Hamden Hall team won the Fairchester League Championship.
Joe is an accomplished athlete and coach,
but Joe is better known as a sports agent. Joe has been an
NFLPA Licensed Agent since 1990, and since then has been the
owner of JL Sports NFL Player Agency. Joe currently
represents over 55 NFL players and coaches, including Browns
quarterback Brian Hoyer, Packers tackle and Blackhawk native
Don Barclay, Ravens center and Pittsburgh native Gino
Gradkowski, and Jets guard Willie Colon.
Joe achieved special prominence as an NFL
agent in 2013 when he negotiated the largest NFL contract in
history – $120.6 million – for Baltimore Ravens quarterback
and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco. In the whirlwind after the
Ravens' 2013 Super Bowl victory, Joe accompanied Flacco to
Disney World and the Late Show with David Letterman.
Joe has raised over $1,000,000 for the
United Way with his NFL Players weekend, now in its 21st
year. Joe has made several appearances in the national
media, including guest appearances on SportsCenter, ESPN
Radio, and the Drew Carey Show, where he played an assistant
coach in an episode of the show.
Joe's wife, Kathleen, is the President of
Thornton Medical Communications. Joe and his family live in