Sober Steinberg ready to reboot super agent career

BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer Published:

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- It's been three years since Leigh Steinberg had his last drink of vodka, the personal demon that sent his personal and professional lives crashing out of control.

After a stunning fall that included filing for bankruptcy, the super agent who was the inspiration for Tom Cruise's character in "Jerry Maguire" plans to relaunch his sports and entertainment agency this year. He's also writing a book and continues his crusade to raise awareness of the damaging effects of concussions.

Thursday is his third sober birthday. It's a big milestone for Steinberg, who says he wanted to focus on sobriety first "so I absolutely could make sure I had an intelligent plan to deal with it."

Steinberg turns 64 next Wednesday but says he's not ready to retire from being an agent.