NFL player Leaf, spends three years in prison, now hired by ESPN


The story line goes like this…. football player draft failure in the NFL, turns to drugs, goes to prison, now hired by ESPN. We should celebrate right?  After all, it appears he turns his life around and that is a good thing.

Just one more thing. Where are our heroes that young boys can look up to? Where are our roll models? Men who have unbelievable good fortune at the very least get a shot at the big leagues and a great pay check allow their lives to unwind. But of course, everyone gets a pass at drug addiction these days. Of course, its those nasty drug companies, no personal responsibility required.

Before the story, think about it. Earlier post of mine:

NFL Football Crime Stats – Average Arrest is every five days

NFL Arrest provides an interactive visualized database of National Football League player Arrests & Charges. Learn about your rival team’s history with the law, break down arrests by Player, Position, Crime and Team. Link here Arrests 

While the caveat is claimed on the website that the crime rate is lower than the National average, keep in mind, almost all are millionaires and beyond. And the crimes? Well you can look. It is a golden time right now, 58 days since the last arrest. Guess this is off season. Getting close to the record.

Let me get off my soapbox and give you the story…am I being too harsh?


Ryan Leaf

The 1998 NFL Draft is remembered for the Indianapolis Colts selecting future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning with the No. 1 pick. It was also remembered for being the draft where the San Diego Chargers took one of the biggest busts in NFL history with the No. 2 pick, Ryan Leaf.

Leaf’s rise at Washington State and meteoric fall in the NFL — and beyond — has been well-chronicled, including by Leaf himself in a 2017 article in The Players’ Tribune. But his story took a positive turn Sunday when ESPN hired Leaf to be a college football game analyst. Leaf will be paired with play-by-play announcer Clay Matvick, calling games mostly on ESPN2 and ESPNU, the Associated Press reported.

Leaf, of course, only played four uneventful seasons in the NFL — three with the Chargers and one with the Cowboys — before retiring. In a riveting account called “Letter to My Younger Self” that Leaf penned for The Tribune in 2017, he detailed his struggles in the NFL.

Ed: Let me cut to the quick. Addicted to drugs, then the downfall, now redemption.

Leaf was arrested in 2012 and spent 32 months in jail for burglary, possession of a dangerous drug and theft. Leaf, now 43, had no choice at that point but to get clean and sober. He left jail a changed man and worked on getting his life together. (Just one arrest and 32 months?) Just asking.

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