He was the inspiration for the book and the movie “Jerry Maguire”. He was the first sports agent to be designated as a Super Agent. And now, at 72, he retains all of his boyish enthusiasm for the LA Rams, a legacy that he inherited from his father. But after those early games of falling in love with professional football and the LA Rams, he went on to become something of a sports celebrity himself.
Leigh Steinberg, now age 72, is a premier sports agent, entrepreneur, best-selling author, and CEO of Leigh Steinberg Sports and Entertainment Holdings. While he currently represents LA Rams players like running back Darrell Henderson Jr., running back Jake Funk, and cornerback Blake Countess
In the sports world, he is likely best known for his work building athletes into stand-alone brands. For the general population, he is perhaps more widely known as the real-life inspiration for the Oscar-winning film Jerry Maguire.
Over the span of his 40+ year career, Leigh has represented many of the most successful athletes and coaches in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, boxing, and golf. That list includes the number one overall pick from the NFL draft for an unprecedented eight times. That is in conjunction with 62 total first-round picks. With an unrivaled history of record-setting contracts, Leigh has secured over $4 billion for his 300+ pro-athlete clients and directed more than $750 million to various charities around the world.
But he has evolved from the man ‘behind the curtain’ into someone who has become a celebrity in his own right. He has been featured on numerous national television programs, including 60 Minutes, Larry King Live, The Today Show, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, and many more. He has been profiled in a host of magazines, including Business Week, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, People, Forbes, Playboy, GQ, and FHM. He currently resides in Newport Beach, CA.