Matt Mielke’s initial plan called for joining the Warriors as a preferred walk-on safety/receiver in January 2006.
That plan lasted that spring semester. He was not invited to the 2006 training camp.
“There’s a lot of talent out there,” Mielke said. “Maybe I wasn’t quite the player I thought I was. That was back in the Colt Brennan days. We were really good.”
Mielke remained at UH, made good friends (former UH wideout Greg Salas was a roommate), and earned a degree in finance from UH’s Shidler College of Business.
“My love for football hasn’t subsided at all,” said Mielke, who decided to pursue a career as a sports agent. “With my passion for football, it made sense to get on the business side of football. I had great connections from UH. It was a natural formation.”
Mielke received certification to serve as an agent for Canadian Football League players and prospects. He is taking classes toward a master’s degree, one of the requirements for certification as an NFL agent.
Mielke, who is based in San Diego, has about a dozen clients. One of them – former UH quarterback Cayman Shutter — recently signed a deal to play for a team in France’s top division. Each team is allowed up to two American imports. Impressed with Shutter’s videos and work at two CFL combines and UH’s pro day, Niemes cut its quarterback to sign Shutter. Shutter, who was born in Canada, is fluent in French and football.
“I think (Shutter) found a good home, at least for this season,” Mielke said. “We’ll evaluate things after the season. I think it’s going to be a fun time for him out there.”
Mielke also is having fun.
“They say if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life,” Mielke said.