Andrew Perloff of Sports Illustrated passed along comments Leaf made during an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show. He discussed his struggles with drug abuse as well as what goes through his mind when he thinks about Manziel's situation.
"It feels like I'm holding up a mirror. When I hear stories, I say, oh my God, I did that," Leaf said.
Manziel is back under the microscopic after an alleged incident with his ex-girlfriend last week. Rebecca Lopez of WFAA reported Colleen Crowley claimed he assaulted her before threatening to "kill us both" during the altercation.
Still, it's the latest in a long line of off-field issues for the Browns' 2014 first-round pick. The situation led agent Erik Burkhardt to end his "professional relationship" his Manziel earlier Friday, as noted by Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.
Leaf understands what it's like to let a promising career slip away. The San Diego Chargers selected him with the second overall pick in the 1998 draft—one slot behind Super Bowl 50 participant Peyton Manning—and he never lived up to those high expectations.
He was out of the league less than five years later after failing to hold down a spot with the Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys or Seattle Seahawks. He eventually spent two years in prison on burglary and drug charges in Montana.
At this point, Manziel is actually generating more attention than the Super Bowl itself with just a few days until kickoff. Leaf can provide a unique perspective about the entire ordeal, and his comments illustrate the unfortunate nature of the situation.
Perhaps the former quarterback, who provided honest commentary about his own problems in the past on the Dan Patrick Show, could help Manziel see the error of his ways.