Real-Life 'Jerry Maguire' Files for Bankruptcy

Super agent Leigh Steinberg is millions in debt

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 12, 2012 12:33 PM CST

(Newser) – The sports agent who inspired the movie Jerry Maguire is now probably very unhappy with said movie's catchphrase. Leigh Steinberg is "several million dollars" in debt and has filed for bankruptcy protection, reports the AP. "I just lost track while I was in rehab," he tells the news service. Steinberg—one of the first, if not the first "super agent"—acknowledges being an alcoholic, but says he's been sober since 2010. The 1996 movie made the phrase "Show me the money!" entirely too popular for quite a while.

A 2006 file photo of sports agent Leigh Steinberg.
A 2006 file photo of sports agent Leigh Steinberg.   (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
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