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Sports Agent Leigh Steinberg

Monday, January 20, 2014

Legendary sports agent Leigh Steinberg talks about representing clients such as Troy Aikman, Bruce Smith, and Ben Roethlisberger, and, over one particular seven-year stretch, the top NFL Draft pick six times. Director Cameron Crowe credits Steinberg as a primary inspiration for the character Jerry Maguire, and hired him as a consultant on the film.  In The Agent, he takes readers behind the scenes of professional sports, and  shares stories, including how he negotiated a $26.5 million package for Steve Young and how he passed on the chance to represent Peyton Manning. 

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Leigh Steinberg

Comments [5]

cervantes

so, given these comments, i guess we assume that athletes are never falsely accused of sexual impropriety;and,that if i bring that up,it's assumed that i don't care about rape. stupid world ain't it.

Jan. 20 2014 03:39 PM
cervantes

Ricky Williams...."Loose cannon" really,Leonard?! the man is an interesting introspective,off the beaten track type of guy. a huge talent,with an idiosyncratic personality not terribly well suited to the NFL. but certainly,no Pac-man Jones or Richie Incognito.

Jan. 20 2014 03:28 PM
Christine from Westchester

Financial whoes? Maybe if they actually attended classes for those degrees at the universities they attend, they'd have a clue. The universities should just have a "sports" degree: teach them to manage their money and careers. Not sure many of us feel to sorry for them.

Jan. 20 2014 01:56 PM
it's 2014

Excuse me?! Athletes that commit crimes are just young men growing up?...or boys will be boys. This is an old and pathetic male excuse for bad behavior. As far as I can tell, NFL players are adults, and should know they are responsible for their behavior. There is no "I'm still learning" excuse for rape or other crimes. Athletes must learn that they get no special pass, and it would help if their agents and "mentors" understood this and helped to change the culture, instead of perpetuating it.
And Mr. Steinberg talks about social conscience? It extends beyond a player's foundation.

Jan. 20 2014 01:38 PM
Christine from Westchester

He thinks they have a lower rate of incidence of bad behavior among athletes than average citizens? I'm not buying it. Conjecture. And further, for guys getting paid what they do to play a game, they should all have much better behavior. No excuses please.

Jan. 20 2014 01:34 PM

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