Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf, the second overall pick in the 1998 draft, faces multiple charges arising from his desperate efforts to feed an apparent addiction to Hydrocodone, a prescription painkiller.
According to a recent report at Amarillo.com, Leaf is expected to be offered a plea deal in early 2010.
Leaf, who was serving as quarterbacks coach at West Texas A&M University, allegedly broke into a player’s apartment and stole an undisclosed amount of the drug.
District Attorney James Farren told Janelle Stecklein of Amarillo.com that he’s not sure of the terms of the plea offer, in part because public reaction is mixed.
“They find it disturbing that he was in a position of trust and,
possibly, he abused that,” Farren said. “Other people thought he
deserved a break. We’re going to make an offer that we think is fair to
the victims and fair to the defendant and fair to the state of Texas.
What would a Randall County jury likely do? I don’t know if I know at
These developments in Leaf’s life makes it even more amazing that the Colts actually struggled with the decision of whether Manning or Leaf should be selected with the first overall pick. The ultimate gap between the two players could be no greater.
The Chargers didn’t struggle — they actually traded up one spot with the Cardinals to get Leaf, giving up the third overall pick and another first-round pick, a second-round pick, and Pro Bowl running back/kick returner Eric Metcalf.