Leigh Steinberg: Sports Speaekr
Often referred to as the "real-life Jerry Maguire", Leigh Steinberg is the pre-eminent sports agent and sports attorney in the nation. Leigh has represented the Number 1 pick in the NFL draft a record eight times, in addition to representing over 60 other first round draft picks in the NFL. During his extensive career, his esteemed client list has included hundreds of premier professional athletes in football, baseball, basketball, golf, boxing, volleyball, and Olympic sports including Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, Kordell Stewart, Ben Roethlisberger, Ricky Williams, Howie Long, Eric Karros, Dusty Baker, Lennox Lewis, Oscar de la Hoya and John Starks.
Steinberg pioneered the convergence of the sports and entertainment industries, and is credited as the real life inspiration of the sports agent "Jerry Maguire" from the Cameron Crowe film of the same name. He is frequently sought out as a consultant on tv and film projects, most notably "For Love of the Game," "Any Given Sunday" as well as the HBO series "Arli$$". His new endeavor, Steinberg Sports and Entertainment, is poised to become a premier full service boutique agency spanning the vast market of athlete representation as well as promoting several platforms such as sustainability, league and team development, concussion research, youth sports and family development, and philanthropy.
Steinberg has distinguished himself within his profession by encouraging athletes to make a positive contribution to society and his holistic approach to representation makes him one of the most sought after industry figures. Steinberg insists every player negotiated contract include "give-back" clauses that require the athlete to retrace their roots and contribute to their hometown, high school, university or national charities and foundations. Leigh challenges his players to find a cause they feel passionate about and to be the change that they would like to see in that cause. According to Steinberg, these programs allow athletes to develop their character and leadership skills while functioning as positive role models. Steinberg's clients, as a result, have donated over $600 million to hundreds of charities and scholarships nationwide.
Steinberg's holistic approach to representation makes him one of the most sought after figures in the industry. He has been rated the #6 Most Powerful Person in the NFL according to "Football Digest," the #16 Most Powerful Person in Sports according to "Sporting News," and was recently named the #9 Most Powerful NFL Agent according to the "Bleacher Report". He instills the belief in his clients that a career in sports is just the foundation from which their secondary careers and charitable contributions can grow.
Steinberg also contributes his time and efforts to a variety of humanitarian causes. He has actively been involved with the Human Relations Commission, Children Now, Children's Miracle Network, CORO Fellows Program and the Starlight Foundation. He founded and underwrites the Steinberg Leadership Institute, a nationwide program run by the Anti-Defamation League preparing students to fight racism and inequality throughout the world. He has donated time and resources to organizations such as Special Olympics, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and Junior Achievement.
An accomplished speaker, Steinberg has traveled the world addressing topics he is passionate about ranging from sports and entertainment, concussion prevention, the environment, to political and economic issues.
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