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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24 Responses to “NFL player Leaf, spends three years in prison, now hired by ESPN”

  1. Jared Says:

    I guess espn doesn’t have the same conduct policy as the NFL. lol

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Troy Upsher Says:

    ESPN has the worse writers. I hope someone with knowledge buys ESPN and flushes the entire staff. ESPN is awful.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. peter3nj Says:

    Thanks for that Kid. He retired after the 1974 season with 399 Homers.


  4. peter3nj Says:

    My boyhood idol Al Kaline (#6), great right fielder of the Detroit Tigers, was earning $80 K per season while others ie Mick, Willie and others of that caliber were earning $100 K. When offered a raise to $100 K, Kaline declined feeling he wasn’t worth it. He and the owners eventually agreed on $90 K. Having grown up with real sports heroes how can those of our generation waste what precious time we have left giving two shits what these spoiled athletes making in one game what the greats of yesterday made in one season? I’ve mentioned before a personal friend of mine played 13 seasons on the offensive line for the __ _____ in the mid 60’s to the late 70’s and receives an NFL pension of a mere $3,000 per month….. truly shameful. Pro sports have no place in my life.


    • Kid Says:

      We had a baseball board game when we were very young. There was a disk (like a pie chart with various players names on and each occupied various percentages of the disk) and a spinner arrow that you’d flick and whatever player the arror pointed to after spinning is what play you had for ‘your team’. Al Kaline had the largest Home Run section of the pie chart on those disks. Hope that makes sense.


  5. Mustang Says:

    The NFL have no heroes; if you’re looking for men and women worthy of emulation, look to the United States Armed Forces … not to a gaggle of jocks.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      I am with you…basketball close second… I said to Kid, I am down to golf now, and look forward to this week watching them slug it out in nasty weather in Ireland.


  6. bunkerville Says:

    Interesting course this week. Course from hell in Ireland… Rain, cold and yet they play. Yea, Tiger will have rough go of it.


    • Kid Says:

      Tiger likes to and often ‘rises to the challenge’. At least early on. Jack did too. The question with Tiger is can he continue to rise to the challenge.

      Hey my best score on a regulation course was 82, but I found that I played better when pushed to do so. I think that is an essential part of golf. I loved the pressure. It does increase the focus that is needed.

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  7. Kid Says:

    My life has been so much richer after I decided to pay zero attention to professional sports.

    Not to insult anyone who is still interested. Just fwiw.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. peter3nj Says:

    With Bubba and the rest of the elite pack most likely getting a pass after munching on baby broccoli how long before pedophiles are doing the weather on CNN and MSLSD?

    Liked by 2 people

  9. geeez2014 Says:

    “But of course, everyone gets a pass at drug addiction these days. ” Wrong, wrong, wrong….or should I say “Half true”? The other half is “….and then becomes LIONIZED because of drug addiction.!!!”

    Our society now honors and is fascinated MUCH MUCH more by really bad behavior than anything truly GOOD.

    GOOD IS BORING………we need to fix that! Put a ‘feel good’ story on your blog for a few days and see the readers drop..this is true. Sad, but true.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      I was weary of politics… Actually I have been working on a post on alcohol and related deaths and adverse effects. The number that die, disease related…Far surpasses drug addiction.. But we tried prohibition. Those prone to addiction will find their poison be it gambling, drugs, sex related problems, drug addiction. Just name it.

      Liked by 2 people

  10. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    He’s gonna announce NFL?
    I’ll never notice.

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Linda Says:

    Just my thought, but the dems tell me that this sort of behavior is ok.

    Liked by 1 person

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