RALEIGH, NC: French/West/Vaughan (FWV) is advising former college football player Nick Schuyler, the lone survivor of a boating tragedy that took the lives of three other athletes earlier this year.
After receiving the agency's media relations counsel, Schuyler's first in-depth interview will air August 18 on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
In March, Schuyler survived when the small fishing craft he was in capsized off the coast of Florida. Three others in the boat - National Football League players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith, and Schuyler's former teammate at the University of South Florida, Will Bleakley - did not survive.
In the months since the accident, Schuyler was “besieged by media looking to be the first one to break the story,” said Rick French, chairman and CEO of FWV. He added that Real Sports was selected out of the hundreds of interested media outlets because it is “reputable and would tell the story in an accurate way.”
“What was important to him was that the story be told accurately and compassionately and that it wasn't just about him – he lost three friends out there – and that it would reflect positively on his friends,” he said.
French added that HBO will air the interview in the weeks when NFL franchises are in training camp, and public attention is turning to the 2009 season. The interview will air after an off-season when several former pro football players lost their lives, most notably one-time star quarterback Steve McNair, who was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds last month.
French added that the agency is also negotiating possible book and movie deals for Schuyler.