Fresh off of an extensive probation sentence for eight separate drug-related felony charges, lifelong winner Ryan Leaf thought that this weekend would be the perfect time to discuss his decade of disappointment.
In an interview with the occasionally interesting Los Angeles Times, Leaf answered tough questions like “Why were you so awful?,” “Will anyone ever be as awful as you?," and "Can you describe what it felt like to be so awful?”
“I can't even think of anyone else in the ballpark that might be close to my combination of disappointment and failed expectations,” he said while counting the millions of dollars the San Diego Chargers paid him to ruin their franchise. “I was 22, but I was 16 probably as far as maturity goes.''
To his credit, Leaf is an astutely self-aware failure.
"If I'm going to be the biggest bust, I have to own up to it,'” he says. “I used to go to bed at night hoping somebody else like Heath Shuler might magically leapfrog me on those all-time bust lists.”
Perhaps there’s still hope with Jimmy Clausen or anybody the Oakland Raiders select?
The 33-year-old recovering drug addict now tours local high schools giving kids various “don’t turn out like me" speeches and organizes fishing trips for a Canadian adventure company.
For anybody (looking at you Al Davis) still wondering, Leaf is an unrestricted free agent for the 2010 NFL season. Honestly, JaMarcus Russell battling Ryan Leaf for the starting quarterback job for the Raiders might be the single most interesting storyline in NFL history.
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