Ryan Leaf glad he didn’t cost Bobby Beathard the Hall of Fame

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Longtime General Manager Bobby Beathard was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this month, and the worst draft pick Beathard ever made is glad to hear it.

Ryan Leaf, the all-time draft bust whom Beathard traded up to select with the second overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft, wrote on Twitter that he’s glad Beathard made it.

“Congratulations Mr Beathard, you gave me my dream and in return I almost cost you the HOF. So glad it didn’t, well deserved,” Leaf wrote.

Beathard is going to the Hall of Fame because he helped build three Super Bowl-winning teams in Washington then helped San Diego reach its only Super Bowl. But the decision to trade up for Leaf cast a pall over the end of Beathard’s tenure with the Chargers.

Fortunately for Beathard, the Hall of Fame voters looked past that mistake and rewarded Beathard on his full body of work.

41 responses to “Ryan Leaf glad he didn’t cost Bobby Beathard the Hall of Fame

  1. While he can’t undo all the mistakes he’s made I honestly happy to see Ryan Leaf has seemingly turned his life around, I highly doubt the old Ryan would be willing to show such humility.

  2. Now that’s the kind of healthy perspective and humility I’d like to see from famous people.

    Of course, in this case, it took a lot of drugs, alcohol and rehab to gain, but still.

  3. To be fair to Beathard, most people (except Bill Polian, according to Bill Polian) ahead of the 1998 draft thought Ryan Leaf would be a great QB – Manning & Leaf were at the time considered 1 & 1a. And Polian’s #1 pick choice was made a hell of a lot easier because whereas Manning interviewed well and impressed in workouts, Leaf simply didn’t show up for his Colts’ interview.

  4. I’m glad to see it. While Leaf may be a punching bag for being arguably the worst draft pick in history (one of them, there’s been others, but not all of them play QB), the important thing is that after a dismal post-football life, he is a positive contributor to society these days. I for one think that’s pretty awesome.

  5. The crazy thing is Leaf started 2-0 (not the best stats) as a rookie

    He’s the worst QB by far. Jamarcus Russell at least showed potential (16 td’s 8 ints as a 23 year old on a bad team). Leaf showed nothing at all. Top marks to the Colts as at one stage they werent sure whether to go Manning or Leaf.

  6. chut26 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 5:29 am
    JaMarcus Russell is the worst draft pick ever.
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    Certainly one of them, Heath Schuler and Tony Mandarich also came to mind. This would be a fun list to create.

  7. I’m going to get filleted for this but I’ll play devil’s advocate on this. Does anyone stop and think what telling a 24 year old kid he’s the biggest bust ever does to ones psyche??? I’m not going to get in to all of the story but can’t help but feel bad for a guy who in his 40’s and is still apologizing for just existing at this point. I hope for societies sake I’m not the only person who felt bad reading this. It doesn’t excuse his behavior but it sure as hell sent him down that path. There is good reason no mannings played there.

  8. Super classy comment from a guy who kind sounded like he was taking a jab at himself. He’s being a bit hard on himself. As I recall, this was actually a great pick at the time. And one that many teams would have made

  9. The worst draft pick of all time was Bo Jackson. picked #1 overall and never even played a single snap for the Buc’s. I challenge anyone to cite a worse pick.

  10. Injuries that were not predictable played a significant role in Leaf becoming a bust. That shouldn’t have been on Beathard anyway. Glad to see he made the HOF. The only major controversy in the voting this year – why is the greatest long distance kicker in NFL history, Jason Hanson, not inducted yet?

  11. ONE MAN’S OPINION. Beathard was wrong when he jettisoned Bobby Ross…..the only coach to get the Chargers to the Super Bowl. Right now, NFL fans all know that Spanos wants out of the NFL. He’s simply worn out. The Chargers have no home, no roots and no commitment. They have only a trickle of a fan base. They ‘rent’ everything; i.e. the soccer field in Carson, the ‘practice’ and office facilities in Costa Mesa and Kroenke stadium when it’s ready. It seems like Spanos ‘rents’ players and jettisons them if they cost too much. It’s a pathetically managed organization and Spanos wants to sell it badly. Sadly, it won’t happen as long as he’s in LA.

  12. PoliticalCorrectnessBelongsInTheKitchen says:
    February 27, 2018 at 8:46 am

    There is good reason no mannings played there.
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    Where? San Diego? What does that have to do with Ryan Leaf’s fragile ego?

  13. The worst #1 picks since the merger? JaMarcus Russell, Ki-Jana Carter, Steve Emtman, Walt Patulski, Bo Jackson

    The worst #2’s? Ryan Leaf, Charles Rogers, Steve Niehaus, Jason Smith, Bo Matthews

  14. Tony Mandarich is the biggest Draft bust ever.

    THE steroid poster boy. Too drunk or high to bother with the Draft process. Didn’t even play college football the year he was drafted…

    The Packers drafted him anyway.. passing on 3 HOFrs to select him.

  15. The worst #1 picks since the merger? JaMarcus Russell, Ki-Jana Carter, Steve Emtman, Walt Patulski, Bo Jackson
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    Ki-Jana Carter and Steve Emtman suffered terrible knee injuries. Not fair to call them busts. Who knows what they could have been?!

    Bo Jackson may have been the highest rated draft prospect ever. That was nothing but pure Buccaneer mismanagement, perfect reflect of that dumpster fire organization at that time.

  16. mmack66 How long have you been watching football ten days?? Eli refused to go to san Diego because of what specifically happened to leaf. As to Ryan leafs fragile ego, I won’t pretend to know him personally or understand what he’s been through. That is apparently yours to judge.

  17. derrickbrooks4president says:
    February 27, 2018 at 9:55 am
    The worst draft pick of all time was Bo Jackson. picked #1 overall and never even played a single snap for the Buc’s. I challenge anyone to cite a worse pick.
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    Ricky Williams was the worst draft pick of all time. Mike Ditka gave up his entire draft plus the 1st and 3rd rounders from the following draft for a guy who came in overweight, unsure of his commitment to football, and suffering from anxiety that he had yet to get a handle on. He had success after he moved on from the team that drafted him, and by that time he had slimmed down, was on medication, but was still questioning his love for the game.

    But can I say it again? ENTIRE DRAFT + 1ST AND 3RD THE NEXT YEAR! Challenge me, will ya?

  18. PoliticalCorrectnessBelongsInTheKitchen says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Eli refused to go to san Diego because of what specifically happened to leaf.
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    That’s weak.

  19. But can I say it again? ENTIRE DRAFT + 1ST AND 3RD THE NEXT YEAR! Challenge me, will ya?
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    He rushed for 3100 yards in less than 3 full seasons.. 80 yards a game! 4200 all-purpose yards…

    Raider and Redskin fans would take that all day over JaMarcus Russell and Heath Shuler.

  20. aarons444 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:31 pm
    But can I say it again? ENTIRE DRAFT + 1ST AND 3RD THE NEXT YEAR! Challenge me, will ya?
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    He rushed for 3100 yards in less than 3 full seasons.. 80 yards a game! 4200 all-purpose yards…

    Raider and Redskin fans would take that all day over JaMarcus Russell and Heath Shuler.
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    Neither Russell nor Shuler cost his team 10 draft picks. Those two QBs did not affect their teams’ depth nor their teams’ special teams play for years to come.

  21. Those two QBs did not affect their teams’ depth nor their teams’ special teams play for years to come.
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    The Saints jumped from 3-13 Williams rookie year to 10-6 in his 2nd season. 7-9 his final year.

    He helped them win.

    Russell.. Shuler.. not so much.

  22. PoliticalCorrectnessBelongsInTheKitchen says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Most people pick their employer by what they have heard about working there. Lol So I guess we are all just weak. Or I don’t get your point.
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    It’s a weak excuse.

  23. aarons444 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 12:52 pm
    Those two QBs did not affect their teams’ depth nor their teams’ special teams play for years to come.
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    The Saints jumped from 3-13 Williams rookie year to 10-6 in his 2nd season. 7-9 his final year.

    He helped them win.

    Russell.. Shuler.. not so much.
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    3-13 his rookie year. And then the coach that spent 10 draft picks on him was fired. Of course they got better.

    In the same draft that they got Russell, the Raiders also got Zach Miller, and Pro Bowlers Quentin Moses and Eric Frampton. The following year with the first pick, the Raiders got Darren McFadden. With those corresponding picks the Saints got nothing.

    In the same draft that they got Shuler, the Redskins also got Pro Bowlers Tre Johnson and Gus Frerotte. The following year with the first pick the Redskins got Michael Westbrook and with the third pick they got Darryl Pounds. With those corresponding picks the Saints got nothing.

    All three teams would have been much better off drafting Gus Frerotte in the first round. The difference is the Raiders and Redskins would still have 9 more draft picks than the Saints. Math really isn’t that hard.

  24. aarons444 says:
    February 27, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Tony Mandarich is the biggest Draft bust ever
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    Even made the cover of SI as the best offensive line prospect EVER!

  25. Bad coaches are a weak excuse?? Horrible management is a weak excuse? Maybe your missing the point. It’s an observation based on how it all played out. The chargers as an organization were simply awful back then. Just like the browns are today. Point being, Carson Wentz on the browns doesn’t automatically change a darn thing. It takes a village. Peyton Manning going to the chargers could absolutely have changed the history books. If you don’t see that and everything is just excuses your childhood must have been fun.

  26. In the same draft that they got Russell, the Raiders also got Zach Miller, and Pro Bowlers Quentin Moses and Eric Frampton. The following year with the first pick, the Raiders got Darren McFadden. With those corresponding picks the Saints got nothing.

    In the same draft that they got Shuler, the Redskins also got Pro Bowlers Tre Johnson and Gus Frerotte. The following year with the first pick the Redskins got Michael Westbrook and with the third pick they got Darryl Pounds. With those corresponding picks the Saints got nothing.

    All three teams would have been much better off drafting Gus Frerotte in the first round. The difference is the Raiders and Redskins would still have 9 more draft picks than the Saints. Math really isn’t that hard.
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    Draft what if… my favorite game……..

    So.. if Jamarcus Russell isn’t a Raider in 2007, perhaps the Raiders get Matt Ryan in 2008…

    Or if not for Shuler, perhaps the Redskins get Kerry Collins the following season?

    Williams was a key part in getting the Saints to the Playoffs for the first time since they fielded the Dome Patrol. It wasn’t a good trade, but it sure beats the stuffing out of picking 2 worthless QBs.

  27. Williams was a key part in getting the Saints to the Playoffs for the first time since they fielded the Dome Patrol. It wasn’t a good trade, but it sure beats the stuffing out of picking 2 worthless QBs.
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    Sorry, but I still can’t agree with you on that. But try this:

    Two years before Ditka gave up his whole draft for Sticky Icky Ricky, he brought in a free agent QB that he was convinced was going to be his franchise QB for years to come. That QB’s name? Why Heath Shuler, of course. Ugh!

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