Who is David Mulugheta? How 36-year-old son of Eritrean immigrants is changing trajectory for NFL agents


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AUSTIN, Texas – David Mulugheta remembers his first reaction: You guys are out of your mind.

Safeties Earl Thomas and Landon Collins group-texted their agent on May 9, telling him to look outside. Mulugheta opened the front door of his home to find a gleaming, black 2019 Mercedes G Wagon parked at his curb, a bright red bow fastened to its hood.

Mulugheta texted a picture to Jaguars Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey, another client.

“No way that’s yours,” Ramsey told USA TODAY Sports he responded. Mulugheta FaceTimed Ramsey to prove it. Then he wondered how one goes about sending back a car.

The scene, if not the present itself, was typical for Mulugheta and the players he represents, none of whom see the price tag as the message of this story. They instead look at the gratitude, the group texts and the knowledge that, yes, Mulugheta still stubbornly drives the Chrysler 300 he bought in college, using it to take his 3- and 5-year-old…

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