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Mick Foley and the real-life Jerry Maguire: It’s Collision’s Sport highlights

Maeve McQuillan
Published on May 10, 2016
On Collision Day One, we heard from our network of sport stars and executives. From one of the WWE’s biggest ever stars telling us about his post-wrestling activism to the real-life Jerry Maguire talking about his rise back to the top after a battle with bankruptcy, it was a day not to be missed.

Here are some of the highlights of Sport Stage at Collision.

The accidental autism advocate

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WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley hit Sport Stage to talk about how he became an advocate for children and teenagers on the autistic spectrum following an appearance on a WWE TV special.

Although he’s a “low-tech man in a hi-tech world”, he talked about he can use his social media following to further the cause of non-profit KultureCity.

Why sport resonates

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Peter Nelson is Head of Sport at HBO. In a previous role with the same company, he co-produced the screening of Mayweather v. Pacquiao, the fight that broke the US pay-per-view revenue record by $260 million. 

At Collision, Peter talked about the importance of sport and why it resonates with us on such deep levels, referencing Greek mythology and William Wordsworth in the process.  

Will science save impact sport?

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With concussion and sports injury making the headlines for all the wrong reasons, this Sport Stage panel showed that there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

Former Chicago Bear and Overdog Co-founder Hunter Hillenmeyer joined Olympic gold medallist and MV TRAC CEO Cindy Parlow Cone and Concussion Legacy Foundation Founding President Christopher Nowinski to talk about how tech and science could save impact sports.

The future of sports influencers

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With 10,000+ career rushing yards and three Pro Bowl appearances to his name, former New York Giant Tiki Barber is something of an NFL legend.

Since retiring, he has co-founded Thuzio, a startup that uses data science to match influencers with major brands and institutions for marketing campaigns. Tiki talked about how he sees sportspeople using their profiles outside their chosen fields in the future.

Show me the money

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A hugely successful agent throughout the 80s and 90s, it’s been said that Leigh Steinberg provided the real-life inspiration for Tom Cruise’s Jerry Maguire.

He nearly lost it all following a battle with alcoholism and bankruptcy. Now he’s back at the top. Leigh told us how the game has changed since his early days on the scene.