Joby Branion '81
Joby Branion '81, a native of Wareham, MA, came to Tabor Academy in 1977. He was a rare five-sport athlete in football, basketball, track, baseball and lacrosse. In addition, he was captain in the sports of football, basketball and track. Joby especially excelled in football and track, breaking the school record in the triple jump and earning MVP honors in both sports. His athletic versatility and "team first" attitude were exemplified by his willingness to play wherever he was needed. After a magical one-loss'79 football season, Joby endured a difficult winless football season his senior year, where he played quarterback, wide receiver, running back, tight end, safety, cornerback, punter, kicker, punt returner and kick returner - rarely leaving the field and never giving up.
After graduating from Tabor, Joby attended Duke University on a football scholarship where he had an outstanding college career with the Blue Devils. Joby started all four years, was named to an All-ACC Freshman Team, received numerous game balls and won the Most Outstanding Defensive Back Award. Joby went on to sign a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins in 1985.
After earning a law degree and MBA from UCLA, Joby began a career as a sports agent in 1996, and became the Founder and CEO of Vanguard Sports Group, a high-profile sports agency that guides, nurtures, empowers and represents professional athletes throughout their careers. He has represented hundreds of athletes and has negotiated over a billion dollars in contracts during his agent career. Joby is committed to changing the negative stereotype of agents and strives to ensure his clients make a positive difference in society.