Michael Puterbaugh '85
Major: Political Science
Job Title: Partner and Agent
Hometown: Canton, Ohio
Employer: Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC and HOF Player Representative
As a lawyer for Buckingham, I represent clients in the business and litigation arenas. My focus is in criminal defense and sports and entertainment. As an agent, I represent athletes in their pursuit of professional football and help manage the agency.
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
How I Became a Raider
Upon graduation from high school, I went to Youngstown State University to play football. I quickly decided that I was not enjoying my time at YSU. I checked out a lot of schools but nothing seemed to click for me. I had a friend from High School that was playing football at Mount Union and he loved it, so after talking with admissions and Coach Kehres, I decided that I would try out Mount Union.
The Best Memories
My best memories are both athletic and academic. Being part of team is special and creates great memories. Being part of the Mount Union football team is still something I am proud of, but I think the memory of teammates, practices, games, etc. is what creates “best memories.” Academically, I remember being obsessed with political science and the confidence I had in myself, simply by knowing the subject matter so thoroughly and so well.
Dr. George Tune was one of the most instrumental people in my life. I would often go to his office and talk with him and he always made me feel welcomed and that he had time for me. The long discussions with Dr. Tune in his office, was to me, what college is about.
I believe that the education I received at Mount Union opened my mind. By that, I mean I believe that Mount Union caused and allowed the intellectual part of me to grow. The professors caused me to think and the school allowed me to pursue what I wanted to pursue. All this gave me a sort of confidence that prepared me for a career. Like an athlete – if you are confident in your coaching and training then you believe you can accomplish what you are setting out to accomplish. The professors and education at Mount Union gave me the confidence to accomplish what I have set out to accomplish.
How Mount has Helped Me
Obviously, the education I received at Mount Union, in addition to the above, was the foundation to my acceptance to Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law.
I Love my Job
In both jobs, attorney and agent, I feel that I am in a position to help people. Criminal law is not as black and white as most people view it. There are real stories here and, often times, people that are in need of real help. With regard to athlete representation, the satisfaction that comes with seeing your player make it in the NFL is hard to measure.
I believe that Mount Union caused and allowed the intellectual part of me to grow. The professors caused me to think and the school allowed me to pursue what I wanted to pursue.
- Who is your hero?
- My wife.
- What is your biggest pet peeve?
- Non-handicapped people who use handicapped parking permits.
- What is your favorite movie?
- Be Cool.
- What is your favorite sandwich?
- Being a vegetarian, a Tempeh Rueben Sandwich.
- As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
- A pro football player.
- What's one thing most people would be surprised to find out about you?
- I leave notes on the windshields of non-handicapped people who use handicapped parking permits.