At one time, Ryan Leaf looked like he was going down in the book of NFL legends as the biggest flop in the history of the game. Thanks to his drug dependency problems, he has a new legacy. According to ESPN on Jan. 17, Leaf is headed back to prison after getting kicked out of a drug rehab center.
Leaf has been in and out of jail, with his biggest crime coming when he began to break into people's homes to steal their prescription medication. He has promised one too many times that he was regretful and planned to make things right, only to fail once again.
He got chance after chance, and most recently was allowed to attend a drug treatment program at the Nexus Treatment Center in Montana, but he managed to screw even that up. Despite the fact that Leaf said he was looking forward to the treatment and getting his life together, Leaf was kicked out when he threatened a program staff member.
Leaf will now serve out his sentence in the Deer Lodge prison. Leaf's sentence is for five-years with nine months in the drug treatment facility. One would think that getting kicked out of the mandatory treatment program won't bode well for the former quarterback's chances for parole down the line.
Ryan Leaf was a star quarterback for the Washington State Cougars and was the second pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, behind only Peyton Manning. While Manning has developed into one of the NFL's premiere quarterbacks, Leaf was in and out of the league after he failed to catch on at the San Diego Chargers. He is now considered one of the biggest busts in NFL Draft history.
This Ryan Leaf prison drama is just another chapter in his sad story.