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(Great Falls Tribune)   Ryan Leaf proves once again why he's the greatest of all time...if by "greatest" you mean "greatest bust in NFL draft history." With new mugshot   (greatfallstribune.com) divider line 78
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2012-03-31 02:23:31 PM  
He's a rather plain-looking dough-head for being a (former) star quarterback. Aren't the quarterbacks always supposed to be at least semi-hunks, easy on the eyes?
 
2012-03-31 02:31:55 PM  
Does anybody know how much guaranteed money Leaf made off of his contract?
 
2012-03-31 02:34:33 PM  
Wikipedia says that his signing bonus was 11.25 million and that it was guaranteed money. Add in the money he made off of his contract and endorsement deals and he could have had a great life after his short career.
 
2012-03-31 03:17:02 PM  
Biggest draft flop? JaMarcus Russell would like a word
 
2012-03-31 03:20:29 PM  

Nukular Winter: Biggest draft flop? JaMarcus Russell would like a word


JaMarcus IMO is the only competition for Leaf in this category.
 
2012-03-31 03:43:50 PM  

The Bestest: Nukular Winter: Biggest draft flop? JaMarcus Russell would like a word

JaMarcus IMO is the only competition for Leaf in this category.


It feels like Leaf is really pushing to take that title back from Russell.
 
2012-03-31 03:48:13 PM  

neuroflare: It feels like Leaf is really pushing to take that title back from Russell.


Did the article specify what drugs Leaf was busted for? I didn't see. If it's tamer than Purple Drank, then meh. If it was meth or something, that's another story.
 
2012-03-31 04:01:25 PM  

The Bestest: neuroflare: It feels like Leaf is really pushing to take that title back from Russell.

Did the article specify what drugs Leaf was busted for? I didn't see. If it's tamer than Purple Drank, then meh. If it was meth or something, that's another story.


The only drugs I can see mentioned in this article or the others I've read are prescription pain killers (that weren't prescribed to him, of course). It doesn't explicitly state that that's what he was busted for, though.
 
2012-03-31 04:15:18 PM  

Nukular Winter: Biggest draft flop? JaMarcus Russell would like a word


It doesn't count if you were signed by a senile old man.
 
2012-03-31 04:19:44 PM  

SharkTrager: Nukular Winter: Biggest draft flop? JaMarcus Russell would like a word

It doesn't count if you were signed by a senile old man.


Well, JaMarcus was still highly touted. There's a pretty good chance he still would've gone 1st even if Oakland didn't have the first pick.
 
2012-03-31 04:25:31 PM  

The Bestest: Well, JaMarcus was still highly touted. There's a pretty good chance he still would've gone 1st even if Oakland didn't have the first pick.


Yeah, but there's at least as good a chance that he wouldn't have flopped so hard if Oakland hadn't picked him.
 
2012-03-31 04:32:44 PM  

The Bestest: Well, JaMarcus was still highly touted. There's a pretty good chance he still would've gone 1st even if Oakland didn't have the first pick.


It was funny how he went from nothing to No. 1 overall pick based on beating Notre Dame's 100th-or-so ranked defense in the Sugar Bowl.
 
2012-03-31 04:34:16 PM  

farkityfarker: The Bestest: neuroflare: It feels like Leaf is really pushing to take that title back from Russell.

Did the article specify what drugs Leaf was busted for? I didn't see. If it's tamer than Purple Drank, then meh. If it was meth or something, that's another story.

The only drugs I can see mentioned in this article or the others I've read are prescription pain killers (that weren't prescribed to him, of course). It doesn't explicitly state that that's what he was busted for, though.


Another article on the site says Oxy's.
 
2012-03-31 05:42:32 PM  
FTA -- "Leaf was arrested Canyon, Texas on drug and burglary charges."

I shot a man Reno just to see him die.

PREPOSITIONS, HOW DO THEY WORK?
 
2012-03-31 06:57:34 PM  

srhp29: This guy fails at life as hard as almost anyone.




2.bp.blogspot.com

I'll see your Leaf and raise you a Marijuanavich.
 
2012-03-31 07:49:36 PM  
This kinda makes me sad. Of course he was a horrible dbag when he was younger, but as others have said, his interview on Rome showed someone with a lot of regrets, trying to turn his life around.
 
2012-03-31 09:46:44 PM  
Bill Paxton to agent: "Think I'm too old to play him in the movie?"
 
2012-03-31 10:06:09 PM  

Balchinian: Sorry, I didn't realize the criteria of "flop" was based on draft position or what people's expectations of them were. I assumed flop meant just that...how hard they failed once they hit the NFL.


MItchell was in the NFL for like 10 or 11 years. Leaf was in the league for 3 years. You said Mitchell was a bigger flop, not just a flop. I find that absolutely asinine. It's not even close...Like I said before.
 
2012-03-31 11:02:14 PM  
JaMarcus Russell?

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2012-04-01 12:28:41 AM  
Cougs gonna Coug
 
2012-04-01 12:33:53 AM  

skinink: "Leaf has been recovering from surgery to remove a benign brain tumor and has traveled extensively throughout the West to publicize a book he authored."
That pretty sad. Only 35 and out of the NFL plus he has brain tumors. How did his life go so wrong?


He's always been a punk. When he was in high school and college (Couged it again!) he could get by on sheer physical skills, but he never learned how to work, which lead to his busting out of San Diego.
 
2012-04-01 12:37:59 AM  

Harv72b: rickythepenguin: not worth the hype, but that's the media's fault, not his.

I'd go with Brain Bosworth long before I named Mandarich, even with the knowledge that his career was killed primarily by injuries. Or Todd Marinovich, although any quarterback drafted by the Raiders post-1968 is basically screwed.


Bosworth was done in by injuries. He's the only linebacker I've ever seen that was fast enough to chase down John Elway and hit him hard from behind. Everyone makes a big deal of Bo Jackson running him over, as if he's the only guy that ever got run over by Bo Jackson.
 
2012-04-01 01:01:34 AM  
i.imgur.com

Pretty much all that needs to be said.
 
2012-04-01 03:04:05 AM  
No love for Art Schlichter as biggest flop?
 
2012-04-01 08:25:39 PM  

Anonymocoso: No love for Art Schlichter as biggest flop?


Good memory. Probably happened before most of these guys posting was born.

Ryan Leaf Senior:

Schlichter was picked fourth in the 1982 NFL Draft (in the same class that included Jim McMahon of Brigham Young University and Marcus Allen of the University of Southern California) by the Baltimore Colts (who moved to Indianapolis two years later). Expected to be the starter, he lost the job to Mike Pagel, but was expected to be the Colts' quarterback of the future.

His gambling continued unabated; he blew his entire signing bonus by midseason. He also bet on NFL games (though never on Colts games) and charted scores from out-of-town games on which he'd bet when he should have been charting plays. His gambling spiraled out of control during the 1982 NFL strike, when he lost $20,000 on a college football game. By the end of the strike, he had at least $700,000 in gambling debts.

In the winter of 1982 and the spring of 1983, Schlichter lost $389,000 betting on basketball games, and his bookies threatened to expose him if he did not pay up (the NFL forbids its players from engaging in any kind of gambling activity, legal or otherwise). Schlichter went to the FBI, and his testimony helped get the bookies arrested on federal charges. He also sought the help of the NFL because he feared the bookies would force him to throw games in return for not telling the Colts about his activities. The league suspended him indefinitely. Schlichter was the first NFL player to be suspended for gambling since Alex Karras and Paul Hornung were suspended in 1963 for betting on NFL games.

He was reinstated for the 1984 season, but later admitted that he'd gambled during his suspension (though not on football). He was released five games into the 1985 season in part because the Colts heard he was gambling again. He never played another meaningful down. He signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills in the spring of 1986. However, he appeared in only one preseason game, and was cut after Jim Kelly signed what was then the largest contract for an NFL quarterback.

In January 1987, Schlichter was arrested in New York City for his involvement in a multimillion-dollar sports betting operation. He pleaded guilty to illegal gambling in April, and Commissioner Pete Rozelle refused to permit him to sign with another team. He made another bid for reinstatement in 1988, but was turned down. That same year, he filed for bankruptcy to shield himself from creditors.

In parts of three seasons, Schlichter played only 13 games, primarily in backup or "mop-up" roles. He made only six starts, losing them all. He threw 202 passes and completed 91 of them. He amassed a quarterback rating of only 42.6, and is considered one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.

Schlichter briefly signed a contract with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League, but was released midway through the season.

He played for the Arena Football League for the Detroit Drive in 1990 and 1991, leading them to a third consecutive league title in 1990 as the league's MVP. He signed with the Cincinnati Rockers in 1992, but was arrested that July for passing a bad check. He admitted suffering a relapse, but the Rockers were willing to stand by him. They worked out a deal with Schlichter in which they put most of his paycheck into an account to pay his gambling debts, except for $300 which they gave to his wife, Mitzi.[9] However, he announced he would not return to the team in 1993, intending instead to focus on curing his gambling addiction.

He hosted a radio sports talk show in Cincinnati during the early 1990s, and appeared on The Phil Donahue Show, talking about his addiction.

Extent of addiction

Over the years, Schlichter has, by his own count, committed more than 20 felonies. He gambled away much of his NFL, Arena League and radio salaries. Whenever he ran low on money to support his gambling, he stole and conned it from friends and strangers, and frequently passed bad checks. In a 2007 interview for ESPN's Outside the Lines, he estimated that he'd stolen $1.5 million over the years, if not more.

The habit eventually cost him his marriage; his wife left him in 1994 after FBI agents raided their home in Las Vegas in search of money he'd stolen. According to her, Schlichter gambled it away.

Between 1995 and 2006, he served the equivalent of 10 years in 44 various prisons and jails across the Midwest. His various legal problems, including fraud cases and forgery, among others, were often well-publicized. For example, he was so consumed by his habit that he had his public defender smuggle a cell phone into prison so he could place bets.

He later said that he hit rock bottom in 2004, after he was caught gambling in prison. He was placed in solitary confinement for four months.

He was most recently released from prison on June 16, 2006. He is currently residing with his mother in Washington Court House, Ohio. By one estimate, he owes half a million dollars in restitution.

Schlichter has founded a non-profit organization, Gambling Prevention Awareness, to educate others about the perils of compulsive gambling, including college and NFL players. He told ESPN that he started gambling because the pressure of being Ohio State's starting quarterback was too much on him, and he wanted to be just a regular guy. In much of Ohio outside of Cleveland and Cincinnati, the Buckeyes' starting quarterback is a major celebrity.

In late 2009, Schlichter and his mother appeared in TV ads opposing an Ohio casino statewide ballot issue.

Because of his addiction, Art was listed as the #7 Top Draft Bust by the NFL Network in its NFL Top 10 show.

On February 9, 2011, reports emerged that Schlichter is under investigation for fraud. Schlichter was charged with a first-degree felony in connection with the theft of more than $1 million on February 14, 2010.

On September 15, 2011 Schlichter was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his involvement in a million-dollar ticket scam. He tested positive for cocaine while serving a house arrest sentence on his fraud charges on January 19, 2012.
 
2012-04-02 11:03:37 AM  

Fade2black: Peyton would constantly throw his entire team under the bus before he got lucky and beat an awful Chicago team with no starting QB in the SB.


It really is hard to take someone seriously when they refer to the other team in the Super Bowl as awful.
 
2012-04-02 01:22:46 PM  
...and Leaf has been arrested again for another burglary committed while out on bail.
 
2012-04-02 03:36:43 PM  

JohnBigBootay: It really is hard to take someone seriously when they refer to the other team in the Super Bowl as awful.


Well, Manning's only TD pass in that game was when they decided not to cover Reggie Wayne at all.
 
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