Leigh Steinberg launches new sports agency

Updated: October 4, 2013, 10:08 AM ET
Associated Press

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- The real-life Jerry Maguire is back in business.

Leigh Steinberg has been recertified as an agent by the NFL Players Association and launched Steinberg Sports and Entertainment on Friday

Steinberg, the inspiration for Tom Cruise's character in "Jerry Maguire," says he'll represent football players starting with next spring's NFL draft. He hopes to expand into baseball, basketball, hockey, golf tennis, MMA and consult on TV shows and movies.

The former super agent's certification lapsed during his battle with alcoholism. He also went through bankruptcy.

He once represented half the NFL's starting quarterbacks, and seven of his former clients are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Says the 64-year-old Steinberg: "I'm not looking to compete with my past."

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press

This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index


Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.