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Former Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf, widely considered one of the biggest draft busts of all time, is working on a plea deal that would permit him to serve a Texas sentence in Montana, according to the Associated Press. He is now in a prison in that state, his original home. In 2010, Leaf was sentenced to ten years of probation in Texas for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. But last year, he was arrested twice on burglary and theft charges in Montana. He was sentenced to seven years in custody with two years suspended if he successfully spent nine months in a lockdown addiction treatment facility. But early this year he was sent back to prison for violating drug treatment rules, including threatening a program staff member. If the Texas deal is worked out, a sentence in Texas for violating probation would be served concurrently in Montana.

The Chargers traded high draft picks and a top player to move up in the 1998 draft to pick Leaf second overall. But he proved to be unstable and a poor player and was released after two years. In his four-year career, he completed only 48.4% of his passes and threw 36 interceptions and 14 touchdowns.

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Don Bauder July 5, 2013 @ 7:10 p.m.

SurfPup: Substance abuse may have been a bigger factor. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh July 5, 2013 @ 7:49 p.m.

I'm a bit surprised that the locals in Montana haven't made Leaf into some sort of local folk hero. The last one was the late Robert Craig "Evel" Kneivel, who is still revered and celebrated in his home city of Butte. Of course, Leaf's many exploits cannot come close to those of that lunatic motorcycle stuntman/promoter. But, hey, if they need a new nutcase to adulate, Leaf might meet the need.


SurfPuppy619 July 5, 2013 @ 8:25 p.m.

Funny you should mention Evel, as just 3 days ago I was telling a friend about his son Robbie jumping the Grand Canyon on his Harley, his son is even crazier than Evil;



Dave Rice July 5, 2013 @ 10:11 p.m.

Evel jumped Harleys. Robbie jumps a dirt bike that's built for jumping. Big difference. But still nuts - I've never jumped anything farther than 50 feet.


Don Bauder July 6, 2013 @ 6:46 a.m.

Dave: I often pass skateboard parks and pause to marvel at the young people zipping up and down on concrete. I don't think I would have had the temerity to do that in my youth. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder July 6, 2013 @ 6:42 a.m.

SurfPup: But Evel's son doesn't seem to garner as much attention as his daredevil daddy did. I was only faintly aware that the senior Knievel had a daredevil son. Best, Don Bauder


danfogel July 6, 2013 @ 9:25 a.m.

reply to surfpuppy619 man, he did NOT jump the Grand Canyon. He jumped over what is basically a big wash on the far west end that drains into the Grand Canyon. It was "only" about 225 feet, which I think was a record at the time, but it sure as hell wasn't the Grand Canyon.


SurfPuppy619 July 6, 2013 @ 10:02 a.m.

Whatever, it was scary as hell looking and he is a nut..... I just watched Evel's LAS TWO jumps, at Caesars Palace and then the last one in England, he was lucky he was not killed in either of those last 2 jumps......


Don Bauder July 6, 2013 @ 12:39 p.m.

SurfPup: Evel Knievel broke 433 bones in his lifetime -- an accomplishment that got him listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder July 6, 2013 @ 6:40 a.m.

Visduh: The late daredevil Evel Knievel, born in Butte, was a macho hero in Montana. Somehow I think a football star that got hooked on drugs and flopped is not quite the same, but I am no judge of macho males, since I am basically a sissy when it comes to physical derring-do. Best, Don Bauder


Burwell July 6, 2013 @ 7:59 p.m.

Evel said he spread himself like horse manure in a field and had sex with 4,000 women. In a speech shortly before his death, he said he regretted cheating on his wife.


Don Bauder July 7, 2013 @ 6:49 a.m.

Burwell: Wow. He raked in $25 million in his lifetime and spent $26 million. He made love to 3,000 to 4,000 women and now wishes he hadn't cheated on the spouse at the time. But he didn't manage to be king of the world. Best, Don Bauder


Burwell July 7, 2013 @ 7:17 a.m.

Papa Doug would be wise to watch Evel's video. There's a lot of wisdom for Papa there. Papa should go back to his wife and stop the tomfoolery before its too late. Papa's on the top loop of the roller coaster ride to hell.


Don Bauder July 7, 2013 @ 12:05 p.m.

Burwell: Makes one think of the line from a Dylan Thomas poem: "And serves me right, as the preachers warned." Best, Don Bauder


aardvark July 6, 2013 @ 8:52 a.m.

Less competition in Montana--he can still be the starting QB on the prison football team in Montana. Too much talent in football-crazed Texas--he would be on the bench down there.


Don Bauder July 6, 2013 @ 9:47 a.m.

aardvark: Maybe the authorities could arrange to have the Patriots' Aaron Hernandez and Ryan Leaf share the same cell. Best, Don Bauder


aardvark July 6, 2013 @ 11:20 a.m.

Don: Hope Leaf doesn't throw the same kind of passes to Hernandez he threw in the NFL. If someone were to yell "kill the quarterback", Hernandez might just say, "OK".


Don Bauder July 7, 2013 @ 6:52 a.m.

aardvark: This reminds me of the joke that went around San Diego many years ago, probably in the early 1990s. Statement: "There is someone who can overthrow Saddam Hussein." Audience: "Who?" Answer: "Billy Joe Tolliver." Best, Don Bauder


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