9 years, 11 months sober… –
Feb. 1, 2020 – As far as comeback stories go, there are few better than the one being authored by sports agent Leigh Steinberg. Steinberg also was promoting his blue-chip client currently in the NFL: Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who will be winning the Super Bowl and is on the verge of becoming the highest-paid player in the NFL, perhaps at $40 million per season.
Feb. 1, 2020 – No one on the planet understands the peaks and valleys of being a sports agent more than Steinberg, who turns 71 in March. There were plenty of good times back in the day. Steinberg has represented the No. 1 NFL Draft pick eight times. He negotiated massive deals for stars such as Troy Aikman and Steve Young. And he was the inspiration behind the main character in the 1996 hit movie “Jerry Maguire.”
And Steinberg has had plenty of low moments: alcoholism, divorce, bankruptcy, litigation, driving under the influence, all of which derailed his career in the early 2000s.