Ryan Leaf: “I’ve made some mistakes and have no excuses”

AP

Shortly after word broke that Ryan Leaf is facing burglary, theft and drug charges, the former No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft released a statement.

“I’ve made some mistakes, and have no excuses,” Leaf said in the statement. “I am using the tools I’ve learned to move forward rather than backwards, and will be open to talking about the details in the days to come. I am confident that there will be further understanding when the facts are revealed, and feel very blessed for all of the support, especially from my friends and family.”

Leaf, who is on probation stemming from a guilty plea to felony drug charges in 2010, was arrested in his hometown of Great Falls, Montana, on Friday. Since that guilty plea, Leaf wrote a book and said he had turned his life around and beaten his addiction to prescription painkillers.

I was just never comfortable in my own skin,” Leaf said on his book tour, via the Great Falls Tribune. “When I looked into the mirror, I just wasn’t comfortable with who I was. I was always worried about what other people thought about me, and now I didn’t have football to coat that. I couldn’t go out and excel in that and use that to win. And going to rehab, you just shed all that.”

Leaf played in 21 games in three seasons for the Chargers after they drafted him in 1998. He also played four games in 2001 for the Cowboys.

69 responses to “Ryan Leaf: “I’ve made some mistakes and have no excuses”

  1. It’s his skin’s fault, football’s fault, everyone else’s fault, but not his.

    Cryin Ryan.

  2. Every nfl bust will forever be knowned as a “Ryan leaf” sad, hope the kid gets his life together, him and Peyton sure has had two totally different career paths, seek GOD Ryan

  3. It’s amazing that some people were encouraging the Cots to pick this guy over Peyton Manning. What a bust. Remember Bledsoe vs. Mirer? Manning vs. Lear and now Luck vs. RG3. If history is an indicator, one will be at leat an all pro while the other will be a bust.

  4. All joking aside… My man has got some serious problems. Hopefully he can find some inspiration somewhere and get his head straitened out.

  5. Someone taking responsibility for their own mistakes and trying to learn from them…..i didn’t know people did that?

  6. So what is he saying he was not comfortable with who he was until he started doing drugs and robbing people.

    He will excel in prison being some bad mans boyfriend.

  7. Doesn’t add up. A junkie-burglar who is a book author, has a pubicist releasing statements to the press, posting $76K bail. Why doesn’t this dude just live off of his celebrity-loser status a la JW Bobbit and the rest of them? Why does he have to commit crimes and go to prison when he can make money touring the country doing phoney baloney wrestling matches like the chick who put the contract out on the Olympic skater, the Long Island lolita, the Kardashians, etc.

  8. Hard to feel sorry for Ryan Leaf he is such a jerk.

    Being a low life burglary is a new low for him.

  9. There was a time when I, along with most everyone else, got a kick out of this guy falling and failing because of the type of person he appeared to be. I don’t feel that way anymore. I have heard him speak about his past in interviews and really think he’s trying to put his life back together. He didn’t get to where he was overnight and he won’t get to where he wants to be overnight, either. It isn’t about how many times you fall, it’s about how many times you pick yourself back up. There is no logic to addiction and the true measure of Ryan Leaf as a man won’t be known for a long time.

  10. He had the world in the palm of his hand but never could close his fist.

    So sad.

    “The fault, dear Brutus is not in the stars but in ourselves …”

  11. This dude has been an unabashed failure and he’s got a crippling addiction. Sad story.

  12. inthearex says:
    Mar 31, 2012 7:57 AM
    All joking aside… My man has got some serious problems. Hopefully he can find some inspiration somewhere and get his head straitened out.

    I agree 100% These types of articles always bring out those types who post comments with an excellent view from an Ivory tower.

    John Lucas failed in rehab many many times before he came clean. Hollywood Henderson anyone?

    Research and learn history. Addiction is a very powerful disease. Most in the Medical field believe one can only be in recovery and never truly cured.

    For the younger crowd here. Check out the story of Chuck Negron. He’s been clean for 20 years now,but failed more than 30 times at rehab before being successful.

    Drug addiction knows no bias. It effects the poor black kid in the ghetto,the rich white kid for the burbs. The famous,and the unkowns. Men,women,Black,White, Asians,and Europeans.The smart and the dumb. The nice,and the not so nice people.

    I hope for the best for Leaf. If I could meet him face to face I would say. You’re never a failure until you stop trying.

  13. the amazing thing is that no matter how many times this guy gets busted he always says he made a mistake and will learn from it. then he gets put on double secret probation until the next arrest.then it is you better starighten up or you will go to jail next time and we really mean it! that is of course un til his next bust. face it this guy will never change until he is forced to pay for his crimes and due the time any other scum bag that did not have any sort of claim to fame has to do. it may not cure him but at least it would let him know he can’t keep doing the same thing and buying his way out of it. he is on probation there should no excuse why it is not revoked and he made to face the consequences for once.

  14. I am from MT and I can honestly say he is the biggest joke of a man to come out of our state. He’s an embarrassment. That said I also have had to overcome a prescription pill addiction and its the hardest most painful thing I’ve ever gone thru and its always hiding behind every corner. I hope he overcomes and gets his life back. Here’s hope Brock Osweiler can make Montana proud

  15. so again, why does some people think Russell a bigger bust than Leaf??? if you mean bigger as in weight than that’s true, but Leaf in my book is the definition of the word draft bust.

  16. Hey Tombrookshire if I had to guess knowing the lifestyle I would say the burglary was stealing prescription drugs its a powerful addiction that people that have never gone through it will never understand give him a break

  17. white boy wasted. In that mugshot he looks like a meth head with the beginning of the crooked smile.

  18. Ahh yessss…..this is where we all pile on so we can all feel better about our own inadequacies. Who’s more pathetic? Him or us? Clearly the answer is him.

  19. Besides being drafted in the first round the same year as one Colts QB, he has something in common with another Colts first round QB: Schlichter 2.0.
    When one makes bad decisions over and over and calls them “mistakes” it shows they are NOT taking responsibility.

  20. If he truly stated in the book that he had “beaten” his addiction then he’s delusional also, it’s day to day but never beaten…

  21. Clearly not comfortable in his own skin. Guess Dove won’t be using him in their advertisements anytime soon.

  22. There’s nothing funny about this story any more…. The guy couldn’t handle the pressure and got addicted to drugs and alcohol (it happens). He IS responsible for his own actions but has pretty much ruined his life.

  23. Word is he and Art Schlester are starting a used car lot together once they steel the down payment money.

  24. If you get into drugs, you sail your own boat.

    Don’t expect pity. There are no one in this world that don’t know drugs are dangerous, so if you do it anyways it show that you don’t care hence we don’t care about you.

    Here is for drug addicts being put on an island kill each other there, or get clean. Not our problem.

  25. Hard to believe this is the same guy who nearly upset Michigan in the Rose Bowl. He was as can’t-miss as they come from what I saw in that game.

  26. Art Schlichter, you have competition!

    How was San Diego so lucky to get both Leaf AND Matt Bush?

  27. jenniferxxx March 31, 2012, 8:32 AM CDT

    Last guy to say that was Sean Payton … then he appealed.

    umm..the story is about ryan leaf..get off paytons dong

  28. Dove Men’s Body Wash next Commercial Athlete: Ryan “Don’t Talk to Me,Bro” Leaf: “I’m Ryan Leaf and I am definitely not comfortable in my own skin.”

  29. ““When I looked into the mirror, I just wasn’t comfortable with who I was.

    That’s oka”, Ryan, we were “never comfortable with who you were”, either.

    Signed,
    Football fans

    P.S.
    None of us are buying that you cared what ANYONE ever thought about you.

  30. This is not football news. Ryan Leaf has been out of the league for many years now. Do you plan on reporting every arrest of Ryan Leaf for the rest of his life?

  31. This guy has to be one of the biggest morons on the planet. He had the world at his feet, a $35 million dollar contract with the Chargers and an opportunity to be something in life. He has made every bad decision possible. What a dope.

  32. “I’ve made some mistakes, and have no excuses,”

    Faced with the same situation, JaMarcus would say it’s not his fault.

  33. Where the hell is this guy’s lawyer? Why is he spouting off to the media that he has no excuses? Hasn’t he heard about the concussion litigation?

  34. Am I crazy or wasn’t he just on ESPN about a month ago talking about a book he wrote and how he had straightened out??!?!?

    what the???

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