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Sports Movie of the Week — ‘Jerry Maguire’ [VIDEO]

Tom Cruise
TriStar Pictures

With the NFL playoffs heading to the championship round this weekend, players on the teams that remain alive have the opportunity to showcase their talents on a national stage. Sports agents are undoubtedly recording every pass, run, catch and tackle to build the cases for their clients to receive a bigger payday in the coming offseason.

While most agents have a dubious reputation, the lead character of our Sports Movie of the Week, ‘Jerry Maguire,’ looks within himself to change that perception.

In this 1996 film from writer/director Cameron Crowe, Tom Cruise stars as Jerry Maguire, a high-level sports agent who declares that he believes the agent-athlete relationship should be more than just a business transaction.

Jerry’s newly found scruples cost him his relationship, his job at his agency and most of his clients, except for Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a wide receiver with the Arizona Cardinals. Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger) also leaves the agency to follow Jerry. Drama ensues as Jerry faces the harsh reality that standing on your principles can bring.

Five Reasons to Watch ‘Jerry Maguire’

1. The American Film Institute listed the movie among the 10 best films of all-time in the sports genre.

2. The film launched several pop culture catchphrases, including “Show me the money,” You complete me” and “You had me at ‘hello.’”

3. Cuba Gooding Jr. won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

4. Cameo appearances galore, including Philadelphia Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie, former NFL quarterback Troy Aikman and many other athletes, coaches and sportscasters.

5. Actor Jay Mohr’s smarmy performance as rival agent Bob Sugar.

Click the play button to watch the original trailer of the film below:

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