A New York Times bestseller!
The real-life "Jerry Maguire," superagent Leigh Steinberg shares his personal stories on the rise, fall, and redemption of his game-changing career in the high-stakes world of professional sports
Leigh Steinberg is renowned as one of the greatest sports agents in history, representing such All-Pro clients as Troy Aikman, Bruce Smith, and Ben Roethlisberger. Over one particular seven-year stretch, Steinberg represented the top NFL Draft pick an unheard of six times. Director Cameron Crowe credits Steinberg as a primary inspiration for the titular character in Jerry Maguire, even hiring Steinberg as a consultant on the film. Lightyears ahead of his contemporaries, he expanded his players' reach into entertainment. Already the bestselling author of a business book on negotiation, the original superagent is now taking readers behind the closed doors of professional sports, recounting priceless stories, like how he negotiated a $26.5 million package for Steve Young—the biggest ever at the time—and how he passed on the chance to represent Peyton Manning.
Beginning with his early days as a student leader at Berkeley, Steinberg details his illustrious rise into pro sports fame, his decades of industry dominance, and how he overcame a series of high-profile struggles to regain his sobriety and launch his comeback. This riveting story takes readers inside the inner circle of top-notch agents and players through the visionary career of Leigh Steinberg, the pre-eminent superagent of our time.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|File size:||4 MB|
About the Author
LEIGH STEINBERG founded his sports law practice in 1975 and has since represented over 150 professional athletes. Currently President and CEO of Steinberg Sports and Entertainment and an advocate for player safety, he contributes a weekly column to Forbes and The Huffington. The author of the bestselling book Winning With Integrity, Steinberg lives in Newport Beach, CA.
MICHAEL ARKUSH has written 10 books, including Rush! and The Last Season.
LEIGH STEINBERG founded his sports law practice in 1975 and has since represented over 150 professional athletes. Currently President and CEO of Steinberg Sports and Entertainment and an advocate for player safety, he contributes a weekly column to Forbes and The Huffington. The author of the bestselling books Winning With Integrity and The Agent, Steinberg lives in Newport Beach, CA.
MICHAEL ARKUSH has written several books, including The Fight of the Century, I Remember Payne Stewart, Tim Allen Laid Bare, Rush! and The Last Season.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Rating: 4 of 5 stars (very good) Review: Leigh Steinberg is a name that is very familiar name to fans of pro football. He could be considered the first “super agent”, representing hundreds of NFL players. In one eight year stretch, he was the agent for the top pick of the NFL draft six times. He built a multi-million dollar business with the agency and was the inspiration behind the movie “Jerry McGuire.” It all came crashing down when Steinberg decided to face his alcoholism. He is now four years clean and sober and wrote this book to reflect on his career and his life. The book reads like many other biographies, starting with the day he realized what was happening, then it talks about his childhood, his education and how he got started in the business. That story is probably the best part of the entire book. Steinberg’s recollection and accounting of how a recent graduate and former resident advisor to the top pick of the 1975 NFL draft, Steve Bartkowski became the player’s agent is one that will have the reader laughing, smiling and realizing that even a simple connection may pay off down the road. As Steinberg’s career and reputation grow, so does the book’s tales. They grow bigger and more famous, but the writing style wouldn’t let you think so. Steinberg does stay grounded while writing these, not getting too caught up in the notoriety of being famous. He does take advantage of some of the perks that come with this territory, of course, but not too much because he doesn’t come across as having the fame go to his head. Where the book started losing some of its luster for me was after he entered rehabilitation programs for his alcoholism. I was actually surprised that there was not more written about this time for him, but his determination to be back in business is admirable. However, this is where I thought the book changed course and came across as preachy. Another change in the direction of the book here is that he talked about hot-button political topics and what he is going to do for them. Admirable, but if I wanted to read about the issue that he addresses, there are better sources for that than a sports book. This ending did keep the book from a five star rating from me, but it was still a very good book. If you like to read about some of the NFL stars from the 1980’s and 1990’s, Steinberg has plenty of them to share here. Did I skim? No. Pace of the book: Very good. It was easy to read from start to finish and kept to the chronological order of his life. Unlike some other biographies or memoirs that tend to skip around as the writer remembers facts, this book stayed on the timeline and that made it very easy to read. Do I recommend? Yes, for any pro football fan as there are great stories on some of the biggest stars. Also a decent memoir for readers who enjoy reading biographies.
Leigh's book is as easy to read as any sports or business related book that I have read in several years. Interesting and historically insightful, it smacks of superficiality, though. If you were to believe Leigh, he never concerned himself with "the money", but how his clients could create and perpetuate prominent philanthropies. He only addresses, in minimum, the drinking problems that usurped the past several years of his impactful career. For a professional of such incredible impact, I would have found the read more genuine of he had spent a little more time confronting, and sharing, his battle with his personal demons and his compelling legal battle over his firm/clients that cost him so dearly. The degree of hypocrisy and continual contradictions in Leigh's story are exceeded only by Mike Tyson's assinine glorification of his addictions and personal shortcomings in his recent rambling biography. Leigh's life travels might be better received if he displayed a little more humility for someone who has been so severely humbled. All in all, money and time well invested in this release. This is not a book that I will read 2 or 3 times like "Jobs" or "Moneyball", but an entertaining read nonetheless.
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