About Dr. D.S. Ping
The draft party held at the home of Saline resident Dr. D.S. Ping
was a little more stressful than most.
The three young athletes are more than clients to Ping
Since January, they've lived at Ping's Golfview Drive residence, using local facilities, such as the Saline Rec Center
and Saline High School
to reach top physical condition for the challenges ahead.
Late Saturday afternoon, as the draft entered the late rounds, family and friends of Ping
clients gathered for the NFL draft party.
As the athletes and friends dined on party food around the television in the living room, Ping
was alone in a home office with the door closed.
Surprisingly, there was no computer on his
desk or television on his
draft updates from those who came into his
"I like it quiet.
It's going to get crazy and I need to be able to think," said Ping, who has been in the sports agent business since 1983.
Ping's Foray in to the Sports Agent Business
Ping never planned on this career.
The son of a general in the Chinese army
emigrated from China to Thailand when he
was nine to escape the communist government.
A short time later, he
came to the United States.
After serving with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, Ping settled in Ypsilanti, started a family and launched a martial arts studio and holistic practitioner business.
While coaching a little league team in Ypsilanti, Ping
invited a youngster named Rodney Holman to come out and play baseball.
told him to avoid Michigan and Ohio, where he'd get stuck blocking, and to try a school in the south.
Ping became his agent and a new career was launched.
Draft Board Filling Up
Early in the fifth round Saturday, Ping
received a text from the Detroit Lions, advising him that team had interest in his
players once the draft is over.
players to be ready, so he
asked them to prioritize where they wanted to play.
In the sixth round, the calls and texts from coaches and team officials began flooding the phones of Ping
, Streater and Baker.
reviewed Streater's response and then told him to add, "And I want $17,000."
By the seventh round, Ping
and Streater had several conversations with Oakland, New York, San Francisco and Tampa.
Baker and Ping
, meanwhile, were zeroing in on the Minnesota Vikings, who liked what they saw of Baker during a visit.
The Vikings had already told Ping
that they'd sign Baker and offer a $10,000 signing bonus.
Immediately following the draft, Ping sealed the deal with Viking officials and handed the phone off to a beaming Baker, who told the Minnesota general manager that he was ready to go.
Ping, meanwhile, was negotiating a $10,000 bonus for Streater to sign with the Oakland Raiders.
They know me and what I'm about," Streater told Ping
noted that the Giants were only offering a $1,000 signing bonus.
As Ping negotiated with Tampa, Streater made it official and agreed to sign with the Raiders.
couldn't have been happier with the way his
big weekend turned out.
"(NFL Draft weekend) is everything.
This is my Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's all rolled up into one," Ping
admitted, the house will be a little empty when his
players leave his
home and go off to camp.