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By Leigh Steinberg | January 28, 2012
Super Bowl week is a convention of Americana. It has transcended the narrow genre of football to become a gathering place for corporate, media, entertainment and political figures who will descend on Indianapolis this week. The general rule is that if you have suspicions that a celebrity is in front of you then it is definitely that person. Major corporations rent out hotels for their executives and other employees. Massive amounts of commerce takes place. And then there are the parties.
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By Leigh Steinberg | February 15, 2014
That loud cracking sound you heard was the last major taboo in sports being demolished this week. All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam, a prospective May NFL Draft pick from Missouri, became the first player entering pro football to declare that he is gay. He is a major talent, selected SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and the waves of change will ripple through all sports. Retired athletes have declared their sexual orientation, but this is an active athlete. The preliminary reaction of NFL personnel that this revelation will cause Sam to drop in the draft is the last gasp of unreasoning prejudice.
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By Leigh Steinberg | October 26, 2013
I love the game of football. It is America's passion for a reason. Athletes learn invaluable life lessons from their participation in football at whatever level they participate. The ability to stay self-disciplined, put hard work ahead of immediate gratification, master a complex playbook, work within a team concept and elevate levels of performance in critical situations are skills transferable to success in any non-football endeavor. The sport models those values every day in a way that inspires young people.
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By Leigh Steinberg | July 14, 2013
A flood of negative stories regarding athletic behavior have filled all media outlets recently. The case of accused murderer, NFL star tight end Aaron Hernandez, has triggered a nationwide discussion. There are two dangers to address: 1. The system for preventing and regulating these incidents. 2. The danger that the public will generalize these stories as reflective of overall athletic behavior and become disenchanted and disillusioned with sport. I have spent the last 40 years promoting the concept of athletes being role models.
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By Leigh Steinberg | January 24, 2014
When I landed at Orange County airport Thursday night I wanted to kiss the ground. Six grueling days in New York on a book tour to promote my new book, "The Agent," (St. Martin's Press) was more than enough. We live in a summer bubble here in Newport Beach and forget how much of the rest of the country lives. New York was in the midst of a "Polar Vortex," the Wednesday temperature was eight degrees with fierce winds and snow. I had left a few weeks of 80-degree temps and was not prepared.
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By Leigh Steinberg | August 2, 2013
I spent last week in Washington D.C. and the area is ablaze with Redskin mania. Every cab driver, shopkeeper and person I encountered is in a state of excitement about the prospects of the team. Robert Griffin III could be elected mayor in a landslide. It is stunning to witness coming from teamless Southern California where the resurgence of the Dodgers, demise of the Angels, and how the Lakers will fare without Dwight Howard are central sports topics. The National Football League has taken a firm grip as this country's dominant sport and certain cities have fan bases that are at a heightened level of interest.
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By Leigh Steinberg | February 20, 2014
Saturday kicks off the Super Bowl of the NFL draft process in Indianapolis - the scouting combine. This event draws every single NFL coach, executive, scout and director of player personnel who desire a personal view and opportunity to scrutinize several hundred of the top college prospects. Even some owners attend. The NFL Network, and ESPN to a lesser extent, actually televise some of the drills as they happen. It is covered by massive amounts of print and electronic media. Performance at the combine can send a player soaring up the charts in draft position or plummeting downward.
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December 15, 1999
-- Greg Risling A Southern California youth organization will present sports agent Leigh Steinberg with its highest honor tonight at a ceremony at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Steinberg, a Newport Beach resident, will receive the Spirit of Achievement Award for his charitable contributions to the community, especially for children. The award will be presented by Junior Achievement of Southern California, an organization that works to educate and inspire young people to pursue employment.
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August 21, 2000
Kudos to Newport Beach's Fletcher Jones Motorcars. When our Costa Mesa reporter's grubby Volkswagen Jetta nicked the bumper of a shiny black Mercedes out for a test run, the service staff offered to wash his car for free. How's that for good service? For the record, the reporter declined the gracious offer. OLD GUNS John Blaich, the Daily Pilot's "Yachts of Yesteryear" columnist and author of a forthcoming book on old Newport yachts, got to talking recently about the Vida, a 234-foot Newport Beach yacht that went into Navy service during World War II. It turns out, Blaich said, that a piece of the Vida's wartime history is still here in Newport Beach: Its saluting cannon is proudly kept at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club.
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April 1, 2000
Greg Risling PELICAN HILL -- More than 30 professional football players traded in their bulky pads for preppy short-sleeved shirts Friday as they hit the links, raising money for two charities. The golf tournament at Pelican Hill Golf Club attracted some of the sport's top athletes, such as running back Warrick Dunn, and quarterbacks Kordell Stewart, Ryan Leaf and Akili Smith. Between the brawny linemen and agile play callers was the man behind the fund-raiser, sports super agent and Newport Beach resident Leigh Steinberg.
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By Leigh Steinberg | April 25, 2014
Sunday will be emotional for Cal Berkeley alumni, fans, and anyone who knew the late Cal quarterback, Joe Roth. "Don't Quit: The Joe Roth Story" will debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival at the Regency Lido Theatre at 2 p.m. It is a film filled with hope and inspiration, directed by Cal alums Bob Rider and Phil Schaaf. The Newport Beach Film Festival has been the launching pad for many successful documentaries. I helped Gregg Schwenk, co-executive director, resurrect the festival some years ago. Gregg and Todd Quartararo have done a brilliant job turning it into a showcase for the best in new feature, documentary, and short films.
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By Leigh Steinberg | April 19, 2014
The final phase of NFL scouting has begun. Many of the teams are now flying prospects to their complexes to get a closer look. The collegiate career, All-Star games, scouting combine, and on-campus pro scouting days are all complete. This final phase is an opportunity for the teams to evaluate each prospect's character, personality and chalkboard skills. The consequence of drafting a player who has off-the-field, substance abuse, or violence issues are dire. With these types of issues, the team potentially loses the player and then experiences an acceleration of deferred signing bonus and "dead cap space.
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By Leigh Steinberg | April 13, 2014
Some years ago, my 9-year-old daughter Katie and her soccer team had just lost an elimination game in AYSO soccer. She was crying and looked distraught. I ran out on the field to console her and said "Don't feel bad, you will have many more seasons to win. " She looked at me and said, "I'm not crying because my team lost, Dad. I'm sad because I won't get to see my friends on the team all the time. " In that moment I started to rethink the differential in parental perception and goals from that of their athletic children.
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By Leigh Steinberg | March 29, 2014
Former SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert has a wonderful opportunity to showcase his skills in a workout for pro scouts Friday in Dallas. For a college quarterback, a 40-minute passing session in which all of the possible pass routes are executed is the Super Bowl of the pre-draft scouting process. In previous columns we've covered the training regimen, all-star games, and scouting combine - the pro scouting day at college campuses is the final opportunity for most players to enhance their draft status.
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By Leigh Steinberg | March 1, 2014
The signing of NBA player Jason Collins has the possibility of pushing the taboo against gay players in sports further into the trash can of past barriers. The Brooklyn Nets signed the openly gay player to a 10-day contract. A 10-day contract doesn't ensure that a player will be on the roster for the remainder of the season, it is more like a "look and evaluate" signing. If the Nets decide to keep Collins as a regular player on the roster, he would be the first openly gay player in professional sports.
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By Leigh Steinberg | February 20, 2014
Saturday kicks off the Super Bowl of the NFL draft process in Indianapolis - the scouting combine. This event draws every single NFL coach, executive, scout and director of player personnel who desire a personal view and opportunity to scrutinize several hundred of the top college prospects. Even some owners attend. The NFL Network, and ESPN to a lesser extent, actually televise some of the drills as they happen. It is covered by massive amounts of print and electronic media. Performance at the combine can send a player soaring up the charts in draft position or plummeting downward.
SPORTS
By Leigh Steinberg | February 15, 2014
That loud cracking sound you heard was the last major taboo in sports being demolished this week. All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam, a prospective May NFL Draft pick from Missouri, became the first player entering pro football to declare that he is gay. He is a major talent, selected SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and the waves of change will ripple through all sports. Retired athletes have declared their sexual orientation, but this is an active athlete. The preliminary reaction of NFL personnel that this revelation will cause Sam to drop in the draft is the last gasp of unreasoning prejudice.
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By Steve Virgen | February 7, 2014
Leigh Steinberg smiled as he looked at the people who showed up for his book signing event at the Fashion Island Barnes & Noble Thursday night. "I'm happy to be back home, finally," Steinberg said. He explained that he has been promoting his new book, "The Agent: My 40-year career making deals and changing the game," and working to relaunch his work as an agent for athletes. Last week, he was in New York for the Super Bowl, where he held a party that also provided awareness and support for various charities.
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February 5, 2014
Show me the autograph. Leigh Steinberg, the famous superagent known for his work with the movie "Jerry Maguire," will sign copies of his new book, "The Agent: My 40-year career making deals and changing the game," at the Barnes & Noble at Fashion Island Thursday at 7 p.m. Steinberg, also a Daily Pilot columnist, will share his personal stories on the rise, fall and redemption of his game-changing career in the competitive world of pro sports....
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