Drafted No. 2 in 1998 by the San Diego Chargers, Ryan Leaf was the consolation prize behind future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.
A horrible quarterback with an even worse attitude, Leaf threw only two touchdowns in his rookie season to his 15 interceptions and two fumbles. At the end of three years in San Diego, he had amassed only four wins and 14 touchdowns to match his 36 interceptions and eight fumbles.
Leaf was also known for wrecking the locker room, tormenting reporters while being restrained by fellow players and coaches as well as blaming others for his lack of skill at the NFL level.
After being released from the Chargers, he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and released prior to the season. He was later signed by the Dallas Cowboys and played four games, all losses, and was released again. Leaf was then picked up by the Seattle Seahawks but "retired" prior to the beginning of the 2002 season.
Leaf went on to be a volunteer quarterbacks coach for West Texas A&M University but was put on indefinite leave after it was discovered he burglarized a player's home looking for pain pills. He then went into a tailspin, being arrested several times over the next three years for burglaries and possession of controlled substances.
I am from San Diego and consider myself to be a Chargers fan. It was a dreadfully painful stretch dealing with Leaf and it didn't get any better with stars such as Craig Whelihan and Marcus Moreno. I did my best to root for Leaf and support my team, but I could no longer handle his outbursts and horrible play.
It is truly sad to see what can happen to a player with a lot of money and a feeling of invincibility. As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for as you just might get it.