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Irsay calls B.S. on Steinberg’s Leaf-Manning claim

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Leigh Steinberg claims that he and his former client, Ryan Leaf, manipulated the 1998 NFL draft by convincing the Colts to pass on Leaf and select Peyton Manning first overall. The owner of the Colts says that’s nonsense.

Jim Irsay says that while Steinberg and Leaf may have agreed in advance to skip a meeting with the Colts, that had nothing to do with the Colts’ decision to draft Manning instead of Leaf. Instead, Irsay says, the Colts simply thought Manning was going to be a better pro quarterback than Leaf.

“I read something where [Leaf] purposely missed that meeting with Mora and that’s what affected what we were going to do; that’s a bunch of BS,” Irsay told the Indianapolis Star. “This was a football decision. [Missing the meeting] wasn’t even a factor.”

Irsay thinks Steinberg is just trying to drum up some attention for his autobiography.

“Leigh is writing a [bleeping] book so I guess he’s got to get out there and promote it,” Irsay said.

Steinberg is certainly getting a lot of attention for his book. And Irsay just gave him some more attention.

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9 Responses to “Irsay calls B.S. on Steinberg’s Leaf-Manning claim”
  1. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 22, 2014 5:54 PM

    It’s true.

  2. heeeeelzfan says: Jan 22, 2014 5:57 PM

    Not sure about what Irsay is saying. However, I do believe Bill Polian when he says it is not true.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 22, 2014 6:01 PM

    It does sound odd that a football team would just eliminate a prospect from consideration because they didn’t show for a meeting. Can any draft prospect produce a perfect attendance record while they were in college? If that’s your criteria to select football players you are going to have a pool of air to choose from. For those film wizards that represents a lot of gaps.

    But I guess if there is a well fleshed out story that explains how this contributed to influencing the decision maybe just enough to tilt the decision to something else, well that’s just a little hard to believe. I guess I’d have to hear the full unabridged story in order to understand how all of that went down. So that’s what they talk about in this book? What else is the book about? Just curious since we are talking about it now.

    Oh Leigh Steinberg, he’s the guy that was supposedly the inspiration for the Jerry Maguire movie. That was a good movie. This book isn’t a possible future adaptation for a sequel to that is it? That could be pretty interesting. If Tom Cruise is in it people will come.

  4. taintedlombardis says: Jan 22, 2014 6:16 PM

    LOL Irsay

  5. sportsguy3434 says: Jan 22, 2014 6:35 PM

    Irsay wouldn’t want someone to take credit for his genius football acumen. How’s that going for you after you let Manning go. Probably better for Manning.

  6. shockey19 says: Jan 22, 2014 6:37 PM

    This definitely gives Steinberg’s story a lot more credibility.

  7. goalcm says: Jan 22, 2014 6:46 PM

    Too bad for the Chargers

  8. tvjules says: Jan 22, 2014 7:03 PM

    Steinberg was THE agent to have awhile back. What happened to him?

  9. jjbadd385 says: Jan 23, 2014 7:50 PM

    What if?…….

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