Draft bust Ryan Leaf serves as cautionary tale

This is really sad. It is obvious that he needs some help. Instead of people trying to protect him, they need to get him some help. It is obvious that he has a problem. I hope other athletes are listening and watching.

It's easy to laugh and point a finger at Ryan Leaf. After all, the 35-year-old former Chargers quarterback has been arrested as many times since 2009 (three) as years he spent playing professional football.

But Leaf’s return to the headlines offers more than just an opportunity to roll your eyes or shake your head. With just over three weeks until the start of the 2012 NFL draft, Ryan Leaf’s most recent journey to rock bottom should serve as a cautionary tale to the hundreds of prospects set to embark on their NFL journeys.

Some of you may be too young to remember this, but there was once a time when Leaf was a highly regarded quarterback prospect out of Washington State. The 6-6, 240-pounder threw for 3,637 yards and 33 touchdowns for a 10-2 Cougars team that made it all the way to the 1998 Rose Bowl.

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