It’s been 24 years since Jerry Maguire hit movie theatres in 1996, and yet one line from the movie still resonates like no other. The constant banter between the agent, Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) and budding professional football player Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is fun, if not bombastic, with one central theme that Tidwell not only enthusiastically expresses but also insists Maguire express as well:
“Show me the money.”
Tidwell’s passion for football was far outweighed by his passion to become rich; indeed, one of the movie’s themes is that only once he got past playing for the money could he achieve the level of play required to drive real value to his team, his team’s owners, and ultimately himself.
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