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How I landed 'Jerry Maguire' cameo with Cruise

Updated: January 21, 2012, 8:17 AM ET
By Tom Friend

Editor's note: Thursday, Academy Award winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. visited ESPN's Bristol campus to promote his new movie Red Tails, opening Friday nationwide. Gooding won the 1996 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Jerry Maguire. The movie about a sports agent's struggles, also starring Tom Cruise, featured many cameos by dozens of sports figures including ESPN/ABC personalities past and present. Here's ESPN's Tom Friend's unusual story about how he made it to the big screen.

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