Longtime sports agent Leigh Steinberg joins Nestor and Luke in Miami 2020 to discuss the journey of Patrick Mahomes to Super Bowl LIV and why the Kansas City quarterback was destined for more.
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Nestor Aparicio 00:00
Welcome back, WN st Towson, Baltimore and wn St. dotnet. Work Super Bowl 54. Our ongoing coverage brought to you by our friends royal farms, liberty, pure rum drinking the fresh water down here. And Raskin global. Actually, I tell a story about Leigh Steinberg every time I tell a water story Liberty pure with Matt Stover, so friends of ours, they, they make sure that well water and then take care of all your water needs. I remember being at the Super Bowl here with you about 10 or 11 years ago, Leigh Steinberg and you brought this device down the Bayfront Park. And you pulled water out of the Miami Harbor that we were at the media party the other night and turned it into fresh drinking water. So I always tell that story because I know those devices saved the lives of families, children, everyone in places where water is not potable Correct. What they
Leigh Steinberg 00:50
had had was a earthquake in Haiti. And so the water system became polluted. And so people were dying of cholera. So that machine could take 140,000 people a day and give them pure water. 140,000 people a day, right. So we shipped it off from Miami. Yes, we were in Miami. And we shipped it off to Haiti and it saved a bunch of lives. So this year, we’re doing Make A Wish Foundation at the Super Bowl party.
Nestor Aparicio 01:20
Nice. Nice. Well, I mean, every year you’re doing something, but it’s been a little while since the quarterback on the wall behind us is Steinberg represented some thoughts about Patrick mahomes, who you brought around the radio road feels like five minutes ago to visit with people and said this, you know, and look, I mean, I remember back with Akili Smith and various other players from 2030 years ago, you’ve always had quarterbacks, this kids moving into a space here, maybe get that autograph course, into something into something special certainly beat our kid here, which disappointed me greatly.
Leigh Steinberg 01:53
He really is at a different level. And he’s just growing so he’s gonna get better and better. He may not put those steps up every year. But that’s not his job. His job ultimately is to bring the team here to the Super Bowl. Quarterback greatness is judged that way. So the more times a quarterback sees the field, the better he gets Lamar Jackson will get better. He did get better, right? Yeah. And he’ll continue to get better because it’s how many times you see the field. So it’s and if you’d like Patrick mahomes on the field, you’d love him off the field because he’s got such an amazing personality. What is
Nestor Aparicio 02:35
it about a player like this that would be born into sports that you know, you’ve seen it, and I’ve seen it and coach Bullock was just walking by he would always say, like, I want to draft Brandon stokeley Give me a coach’s kid, right. But then you get a baseball pitchers kid who wants to play football and who clearly has other worldly athletic skills. But having a father that played ball there’s there’s something that that’s one thing an agent doesn’t have to explain to a kid
Leigh Steinberg 03:02
very helpful because it showed him the UPS it showed him the downs. It was very, very helpful. And so he has the right temperament, which is to not get overwhelmed by the moment. And this is a Super Bowl, but the Patrick it’s a football game. And we have all this amazing focus and activities around him. But again, at the end of the day, it’s a football game and he has the ability to elevate his level of play in critical situations to pull a team to and through and which is exactly what you want. And again, he’s got 15 in the homies got all this amazing
Nestor Aparicio 03:52
event last year your Super Bowl event and we’re giving
Leigh Steinberg 03:54
him an award this year again because his 15th in the homies group has his charitable foundation has raised a lot of money for children’s charities,
Nestor Aparicio 04:05
please Steinberg here and of course are throwing parties and hanging out and having younger young players. You’ll be here on Friday, the young
Leigh Steinberg 04:11
lawyers new generation so we have to Otago by law of this year. And I’m sure you’ll meet him on Friday. And
Nestor Aparicio 04:23
that half of Alabama here I think so he’ll fall right along
Leigh Steinberg 04:26
well we’ve met we also signed Jerry Judy, the wide receiver so we got a great tandem out of Alabama. We have a wonderful running back Patrick Taylor from Memphis. So we’ve got a great draft class coming along and and again, this is their first exposure to the whole world outside one of the designs and bring the players here so they can see everything that surrounds professional football.
Nestor Aparicio 04:56
Well I think Lamar as well will be down here winning an MVP and see What this is about some parallels and Luke is brought this up in the aftermath of the loss, the parallels of what happened to Patrick mahomes Last year, the disappointment of having to come to your Super Bowl party and be in a Super Bowl town and not be playing and now he’s on the wall. You Lamar came so close this year, that there is a little part of that disappointment that sets up that before you when you there has to be discipline. I was gonna say to you, as Patrick mahomes had a lot of disappointments. I thought, oh, yeah, he didn’t make the Super Bowl last year. He didn’t get on the field the first year right. So there’s there is waiting your turn to some degree that may be a little harder for us in Baltimore with Lamar?
Leigh Steinberg 05:35
Well, the thing to remember about Lamar again, is he’s just going to get better. Because the more times he sees the field, the more decision making and judgment he’ll have. And so talk about there should be nothing but optimism in Baltimore around my direct the hardest position to fill in the NFL is franchise quarterback, someone that you can win because of rather than with someone that you can build your team around and someone who in adversity you’ve thrown to two interceptions. A crowd is booming. People are looking at you like you’re on hallucinogens ever the game was giving him a hand. Now what do you do? Can you compartmentalize adopt a quiet mind and elevate your level of play to take a team to and Lamar Jackson was unstoppable for most of the year. And they will learn from this this defeat they have. And they’ll be right back in the mix next year.
Nestor Aparicio 06:41
What does this thing do for Patrick for you? I mean, obviously, you mean on a personal level, we go back to Jerry Maguire and Steve Murkowski and do all the things we’ve done for 25 years and talk about successes and failures and alcohol and books and redemption and all of that. There’s a redemptive part of this for you that there’s been a lot of quarterbacks you’ve signed in recent years, but this kid feels to be more special. And obviously here winning this game. And we can look to Cam Newton or some other players in recent times that lost this game, and may or may not get back.
Leigh Steinberg 07:12
So this is big. This is huge. This is the premier celebrity making event that we have in American sports, because you have 1000s of riders in town doing articles all week. And what happens is that a player performs dramatically. And as a good interview, it has the ability to to crush him over from the narrow genre of football fans to be an American icon. Right, Kobe.
Nestor Aparicio 07:42
We’ve learned a lot about that this week, right? Like literally
Leigh Steinberg 07:45
right? Because what happens is that following this, it’s the Good Morning America, it’s late night talk shows its cover of People magazine. And so what happens is a normal football game, you might have 15 million people watching this games have 130 million so that people who are not hardcore football fans are focused here. And this story runs in the business section, it runs in the food section, it runs in the entertainment section. So it pulls in this massive group of people. So this is what changes I remember years ago, I had Troy Aikman, and he entered the field 93 And he was traitement. A very good player. And he left and he was Troy Aikman superstar. And that’s what this game can do. Because it it you have X amount of football fans which large number but then you have 300 million Americans and all of a sudden they get pulled into this because we have a celebrity making machine that elevates certain people to be people that you get to know. Well, Kobe was
Nestor Aparicio 08:55
one of those and I know for you, you live in Marina Del Rey, you’re a guy you’ve been in LA through you were there when it arrived, where you were there when magic arrived. As a
Leigh Steinberg 09:04
matter of fact, Kobe lived about two blocks away from me in Newport Beach and you would see him Newport Beach is a community where celebrity doesn’t get overwhelming and so he wouldn’t be at the photography, she photography shop, he would be you’d see him getting his nails done. He would you see him out with his daughter. And he was very much a family person and did very normal things and you would see him everywhere and it I’ve taken a helicopter from Newport Beach North to Los Angeles because the traffic’s just horrible on the 405 and so it was what a haunting feeling. And and you know first wife for the kids, the whole thing is over are really hard to fathom. So I don’t we can say that we’ve processed it, but nobody really has Leigh Steinberg
Nestor Aparicio 10:08
here. He has a quarterback in the game this week and as up in agenting for all of these years, what do you love about doing this? I mean, obviously, finding a Patrick mahomes getting to know him and his family getting him in a position to be drafted. And being here. This probably even exceeds your vision for what it could have been right? I mean, come back for
Leigh Steinberg 10:28
you. Here’s the thing about it there probably three things if you represent athletes that are particularly distinctive. One is to have a quarterback drafted at the top of the draft number one or part of it and you know, for eight years I’ve had the very first player in the first round. So that’s happening this year, having a quarterback in the Super Bowl. It’s been since Ben Roethlisberger back in 2006 for me you know I had Aikman and moon and and band and a whole bunch of quarterbacks that lost. And the third is having players go into the Hall of Fame and we have John Lynch that who general manager of the 40 Niners who was a client and ever Kauffman
Nestor Aparicio 11:15
thinks he belongs in
Leigh Steinberg 11:17
and and Edgerrin James, and they’re up that so all three of those things are happening this year. So it’s a lot of fun to win.
Nestor Aparicio 11:29
I want Andy to win you know and I like Patrick from but I know Andy a little bit Dave job a little bit obviously it’s real Suggs is involved now
Leigh Steinberg 11:36
you want to see their fan base it’s so amazing. Those people on a Friday the whole see Kansas City is read and they are so supportive and they’re so amazing and has been since 1967.
Nestor Aparicio 11:50
Those people when we can’t when at least it’s not Bella check, and that’s how we feel.
Leigh Steinberg 11:54
Here’s the point you you ought to want the AFC team to win. Right. And because that’s where volare is.
Nestor Aparicio 12:05
All right, see you soon. Take it easy. Here he goes. Leigh Steinberg, waving hello, waving goodbye and one of the busiest guys around here this week with batch booms in the game. Luke is here at spy toys.com audio vault is there for you 24 hours a day from anywhere in the world. On your mobile device. We got to sport a culture helmets here. We got the Liberty pure water and the Royal farms. I wish we had the rural farms chicken or the Western fries. We’ll get to that when we get home. I am Nestor we are wn st dotnet am 1570 and wn st Towson Baltimore. We never stop talking. Baltimore sports