December 30, 1997 |
Everything about Ryan Leaf is big. Big hands. Big head. Big mouth. Leaf admits it. "I've been," he says, "kind of a jerk in my past. " Jerk with a smirk - that's what opponents have said about Leaf, who is a big trash-talker during football games, after football games, sometimes even before football games. Leaf has always loved to make big predictions about himself and whatever team he is commanding. Now, this year, in one sparkling football season, he has backed up all the talk.
November 19, 2001 |
He is with his third NFL team in 3 1/2 seasons, trying yet again to resuscitate the career he almost destroyed through bad work habits, a lousy attitude, and immature behavior off the field. But if Ryan Leaf is succeeding on his promise as a changed man and the newest quarterback on the Dallas Cowboys' sorry roster, it wasn't evident yesterday in Texas Stadium. In a 36-3 loss to the Eagles, Leaf looked like nearly every other player on the Cowboys' offensive squad: an assortment of culls among a few veterans, they are and probably will remain a tentative bunch, players waiting for a teammate to make a play.
July 24, 1999 |
Ryan Leaf's already rocky NFL career took another hit yesterday when the San Diego Chargers announced that the second-year quarterback needs shoulder surgery and could miss the entire season. Surgery was scheduled for Monday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Rehabilitation could possibly take all season. Leaf injured his shoulder during voluntary workouts in June, jumping on a fumble. He was taken for an MRI, which showed the damage. The second overall pick in the 1998 draft, Leaf signed a $31.25 million contract and was named the Chargers' starter.
November 17, 2000 |
The Denver Broncos have signed Steve Lindsey to handle kickoffs, the team said. Lindsey, 25, had been on Jacksonville's roster for the first 10 games of the season. In addition to kicking off for the Jaguars, he made 5 of 7 field-goal tries and all five extra-point attempts while filling in for Mike Hollis, who was recovering from back surgery. Jason Elam has made 13 of 16 field goals and all 24 extra-point tries for Denver this year and will continue to kick placements. Falcons.
August 1, 1998 |
After throwing an interception, San Diego Chargers franchise quarterback Ryan Leaf was running downfield yesterday when he was leveled by all-pro linebacker Junior Seau, his teammate. Leaf jumped up and let Seau know he did not appreciate the hit, then got into Greg Jackson's face after the safety said something. Coach Kevin Gilbride said Leaf did the right thing. "That position has to be under control and poised, and never lose your composure, which is hard to do," Gilbride said.
January 18, 2013
The Jacksonville Jaguars have an energetic head coach to go along with their brash general manager. The Jaguars hired Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as the franchise's fifth head coach Thursday, the latest move in the team's rebuilding project. The 46-year-old Bradley joins general manager Dave Caldwell, who led the coaching search after being hired last week. Bradley spent the last four seasons in Seattle, earning a reputation as a fiery assistant who demanded the most from his players.
November 23, 1999 |
Suspended San Diego Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf played flag football at a local park during the weekend, disappointing team officials and raising questions about whether he violated his contract. Coach Mike Riley said he spoke with Leaf yesterday, and the second-year pro admitted that he had played flag football on Saturday. According to reports, Leaf sprained an ankle and had to be helped off the field. "I asked him if he played and he did play," Riley said. "I asked him if he was hurt and he was not hurt.
October 15, 1998 |
San Diego Chargers general manager Bobby Beathard publicly admitted his 1997 mistake and on Tuesday fired Kevin Gilbride, the man he hired. Yesterday, Gilbride's very close friend and surprise successor, June Jones, addressed the Chargers for the first time as head coach and made no promises or threats. Jones, in as much shock as his players, kept it simple, commending his (No. 1-ranked) defense for its outstanding effort and urging the offense to find a way to raise the level of its play.
November 8, 2008 |
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has resigned as quarterbacks coach at Division II West Texas A & M. The No. 2 pick in the 1998 NFL draft told the school Thursday he was leaving the program immediately. Athletic director Michael McBroom said in a statement that Leaf resigned because of "personal issues. " Leaf was placed on administrative leave earlier in the week while Canyon, Texas, police investigated an allegation of his involvement in a minor drug crime. Leaf did not immediately respond to an e-mail sent by the Associated Press.
June 20, 2009 |
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has surrendered to Texas authorities to face burglary and drug-related charges. Leaf's attorney, Bill Kelly, says Leaf turned himself in yesterday at the Randall County Jail in Canyon, where the former No. 2 pick was indicted in May after coaching quarterbacks at West Texas A & M for three seasons. Kelly says Leaf posted $15,000 bail and headed back to Washington state. Leaf faces one count of burglary and eight drug-related counts associated with the painkiller Hydrocodone.