Former Chargers QB Ryan Leaf arrested on drug, burglary, theft charges

Leaf lasted just three seasons with the Chargers and a year later he was out of the league altogether. (US PRESSWIRE)

Ryan Leaf's NFL existence has been a tortured one pretty much from the moment he was taken with the second-overall pick in the 1998 draft by the San Diego Chargers. He lasted three years in San Diego, bounced around three other teams the next two seasons, and eventually was out of football altogether.

In the decade since, the only time Leaf has made news was for all the wrong reasons. Friday was no different: he was arrested on felony burglary, misdemeanor theft and criminal possession of dangerous drugs, in Great Falls, Mont., according to officials at the Cascade County Detention Center (via the Great Falls Tribune).

Leaf posted a $76,000 bond Friday evening.

"I’ve made some mistakes, and have no excuses," Leaf said in the statement (via PFT). "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."

The former Washington State star recently released a book titled "596 Switch" which details his college years. According to, Leaf held a book signing las tweak in Missoula, and he appeared on KPAX-TV to promote the book and talk about Focused Intensity Foundation, which helps prevent and treat addiction.

Leaf's personal website talks about his battle with drugs.

"In 1998 the San Diego Chargers selected Leaf as the second overall pick in the NFL draft behind Peyton Manning. With high expectations, Leaf’s NFL career did not go as planned. Injuries on the field resulted in eight surgeries in 15 years, leading to an addiction to prescription painkillers.

"Leaf retired, admitted himself into recovery, and has since focused his efforts on speaking with college athletes about lessons learned. He has also enjoyed numerous recent opportunities to be a sports commentator." 

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