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Former Super Agent Leigh Steinberg Celebrates Three Years of Sobriety

According to an interview by AP sports writer Bernie Wilson, it was exactly three years ago on March 21, 2010 that former high-flying pro sports agent Leigh Steinberg officially stopped pounding back the vodka. What that means is that many better things lie ahead in 2013, including hopefully completing an autobiography and regaining NFL Players Association certification as a talent representative.

Steinberg is also in the process of soliciting financing for another Newport Beach sports agency. All in all, the man forever associated with Tom Cruise’s character in Jerry Maguire is authoring a gridiron-worthy comeback story:

On Saturday, friend and business partner Richard Gillam will throw a party to celebrate Steinberg’s three years of sobriety and his real birthday, which is next Wednesday.

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Leigh Steinberg Papers Another ‘Irrelevant Week’ Banquet

Annual “Irrelevant Week” festivities, a series of charity events honoring the last player picked in the NFL draft, are in full swing in Newport Beach.

This year’s celebrant – prospective Indianapolis Colts quarterback Chandler Harnish – got started yesterday by hitting Disneyland and the Dunes. Tonight, per former super-agent Leigh Steinberg’s most recent column in the Daily Pilot, it will be time for the All Star Lowsman Banquet at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel:

For the last 23 years, I have been the official “Irrelevant Week” agent assigned to represent the player. Since I have represented the first player picked in the first round in eight separate drafts I have the task to negotiate a contract for the evening’s festivities. It always has the largest signing bonus, because in Irrelevant World, the last shall be first. And it is chocked with incentive clauses such as “Player shall not be required to practice on any day that ends in the letter ‘Y.’ I emphasize that the contract is worth the paper it is printed on.

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Former Super Agent Leigh Steinberg Tests Limits of CredibilityLIVE.com

As anyone who watched the recent Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel report about Leigh Steinberg can attest, the one-time NFL super agent very sadly allowed his credibility to go down the vodka drain. However, he is also the kind of guy who should never be counted out.

Recent bankruptcy filing notwithstanding, Steinberg was a live-feed interview guest this afternoon at Dun & Bradstreet’s credibilityLIVE.com. It’s one small step for a man intent on showing us all the comeback.

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Real-Life Jerry Maguire Says ‘Show Me the Fact-Check!’

In the wake of a flurry of media reports about a missed December 15 Orange County court date, sports agent pioneer Leigh Steinberg—now 62—gave a several phone interviews last night, most notably to Laguna Niguel Patch editor Debbie L. Sklar.

He said he was particularly unimpressed by the coverage he received from CBS News. Although Steinberg acknowledged there was a mix-up with the court date and that he is currently dealing with some serious personal debt issues, he insisted the overall picture painted by CBS was laughable:

“CBS never fact-checked or made a point to reach out to me personally… They made a point in their story of making me sound like I vanished and I’m like Pancho Villa headed for the border,” he said. “If someone wants to find me, I have 5,000 friends on Facebook, I’m on Twitter and I speak once a week at various events…”

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Jerry Maguire Sports Agent Bags Newspaper Column

Show me the byline!

Newport Beach sports agent Leigh Steinberg (pictured), whose exploits helped inspire the fabulous 1996 Tom Cruise movie Jerry Maguire, has a new column in LA Times community newspaper The Daily Pilot. It’s called, simply, “Steinberg Says,” and in this week’s inaugural missive, he documents his efforts over the past few decades to get the NFL to take the issue of player concussions more seriously:

Back in the early 90s, I convened a player safety conference in Newport Beach and invited leading neurologists, helmet manufacturers and turf designers to meet with athletes like Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, Steve Young, Drew Bledsoe, and Rob Johnson. We wanted to illuminate the state of the knowledge surrounding head injuries.

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