Craig Schaeffer
Craig Schaeffer - Partner of ESA & Certified Contract Advisor with the NFLPA.

Craig resides in Sarasota, FL with his wife Jill and four amazing children (Andrew 15, Carter 12, Kaleigh 8, and Bryce 4) who will become your biggest fans!
Craig has an extreme passion for the game of  football and his clients. He prides himself on his unshaken integrity, honesty, and loyalty. His keen eye for talent and mastery of  managing the careers of his clients both during and after their football makes him a highly-respected agent by the front office personnel and scouts around the NFL. He is known for his creativity to  promote and market each client to maximize their positive traits to the NFL scouting departments priori to the draft and beyond.  During contract negotiations, his thoroughness, preparation, meticulousness, and tough but fair attitude are his trademarks known by NFL personnel.

Craig graduated with a degree in Psychology from Barry University in 1990, Summa Cum Laude.  He received his Juris Doctorate with Honors form the University of Florida in 1993 at the young age of 23.  He worked as an Assistant State Attorney since graduating law school, as well as working in real estate development and other business ventures.  During his career, he has negotiated thousands of cases, and he has tried and prosecuted numerous murder and child-molestation cases.  Based on his professionalism, reputation, and integrity, he was appointed as Chair of a Florida Bar Grievance Committee to police other lawyers.  He has attained the highest level of competency, experience, and ethics bestowed on a Florida  attorney when he became Board Certified in Criminal  Law in 2004.  He is a Master in the American Inn of Court and has proudly served as a Teen Court Judge for over a decade.  He was repeatedly appointed to the Professionalism Committee of the Sarasota County Bar Association and also served on their Board.   

Craig’s devotion to the youth in the community is well-documented.  He is a football coach for many disadvantaged youth in Sarasota.  Going on 14  years, he continues to coach and mentor many of his players to stay on the right path, both in sports and in life.  His passion for helping many of them to graduate high school, obtain a college scholarship, and achieve their dreams of playing professional football was a major reason why he decided to become a NFLPA certified contract advisor.  He is a founder of Sarasota Youth Sports Training and Education Mentorship, Inc., a not for profit organization that combines athletic training and mentorships for youth of all abilities to help them succeed both in the classroom and on the field.  He has volunteered or been appointed to the Boards or Committees of many organizations,  including the Boys and Girls Club, P.A.L., Christmas in July, the Community Foundation, the Child Protection Center, and Sarasota Redskins.  Craig is committed to his athletes, young or old, every step of the way!