05/10/2004 at 03:00 PM EDT
The Oakland Raiders have hired one of the final four Apprentice
rejects, Nick Warnock, to sell 143 luxury suites at the Oakland Coliseum, the team's chief executive, Amy Trask, tells the Associated Press.
"I called someone else in our office equally addicted to the show and told him, 'I want to hire this guy to sell suites,'" Trask says. "At first he was dubious, but when we saw on his Web site that he had a football background it seemed like a great idea."
Warnock, 27, a former Xerox salesman, played high school and college football, though Trask also admits to having been impressed by Warnock's salesmanship and Trump's own praise of the fellow when it came to closing a deal.
To cement his new job, Warnock flew from Los Angeles to the northern California city to be interviewed last Thursday. Soon after, he heard the words, "You're hired" (or something to that effect).
Salary and benefits reportedly are still being hammered out, but Warnock, a New Jersey native, already sounds like a loyal team player.
"This is one of the greatest organizations in the country," Warnock said in a statement. "Who hasn't heard of the Raiders, the Autumn Wind, the Silver and Black? It's as recognizable as the Yankees."
Warnock also tells PEOPLE's Daily Insider
that he's been making side cash as a public speaker, earning up to $10,000 at companies such as Hershey's and Dow Jones.