Ryan David Leaf (born May 15, 1976) is a former American football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for four seasons.
He played for the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys between 1998 and 2001, and also spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks.
Leaf had a successful college career for the Washington State Cougars of Washington State University, where he was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy after his junior year.
He was selected as the second overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft after Peyton Manning, but his career was shortened due to poor play, bad behavior, injuries, and struggles with his work ethic and ability to stay focused.
An episode of NFL Top 10 ranked him as the No.
1 "draft bust" in NFL history.
After his NFL career ended, Leaf completed his degree at Washington State.
He would later have legal troubles involving drugs beginning in 2010, after a Texas judge sentenced him to 10 years' probation.
Two years later, Leaf pleaded guilty to felony burglary and drug possession in Montana.
After a suspended sentence with a stint in drug rehabilitation, Leaf began serving a seven-year sentence in state prison in December 2012.
In 2014, Leaf was sentenced to five years in prison for breaking into a home in Montana to steal prescription drugs, which violated his Texas probation.
He was released from prison on December 3, 2014.Leaf currently works as Program Ambassador for Transcend Recovery Community, a group of sober living houses in Los Angeles, Houston, and New York.
He also has a radio show and works as a college football analyst on television.