Where Have You Gone Ryan Leaf?


"I'm looking forward to a 15-year career, a couple of trips to the Super Bowl and a parade through downtown San Diego.''
-Ryan Leaf after 1998 NFL Draft

"I've known Peyton Manning for a long time and I really love the kid. But when I went and watched Ryan Leaf workout he was impressive. I came away excited about coaching Ryan Leaf. He is going to be a franchise guy."
-Former Chargers head coach June Jones in 1998

"You can go five to ten years without getting a chance to draft a quarterback like this."
-Former Chargers GM Bobby Beathard in 1998

"I've never seen an athlete work harder at destroying himself and his career than this guy."
-Beathard circa 2000

"The best thing for me and the San Diego Chargers' organization was for me not to be there. Everything I did and messed up in, it was just done publicly. I definitely wasn't ready for it. I wasn't very mature and was kind of a jerk at some points."
-Leaf after he had signed with Seattle, May 2002

"It's probably the best thing for him to do. He took his money and ran."
-Former Chargers teammate Rodney Harrison after hearing Leaf had retired in 2002

"I feel very honored to be a part of Coach Carthel's staff and a part of an up-and-coming successful program. About a year after I retired from playing, I decided that I wanted to get back to college, where I had the greatest time of my life, and to get involved with college football."
-Leaf on being hired as the QB coach at West Texas A&M in 2006

by David Zingler