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December 30, 1997 | By Diane Pucin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 19, 2001 | By Ron Reid INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 24, 1999 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
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.
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November 17, 2000 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
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.
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August 1, 1998 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
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.
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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.
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November 23, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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October 15, 1998 | by Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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November 8, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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June 20, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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October 4, 2013 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
WITH A quarter of the season in the books, let's take a look at what we know, what we don't know, and what we should have known after a month's worth of fantasy football. Reggie Bush was the best offseason acquisition. "That dude does special things out there every week," Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said. Bush is coming off a 139-yard rushing effort that was the third-highest of his career, and has 11 catches on 17 targets in three games. As always, injuries are a concern with Bush, who missed Week 3 with a knee injury.
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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.
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April 3, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
NFL COMMISSIONER Roger Goodell said he won't stand in the way if the New Orleans Saints ask Bill Parcells to take over as interim coach for suspended Sean Payton. "That's their decision. They need to make those decisions and we'll move forward," Goodell said Monday at the opening of an NFL pop-up store featuring new team apparel. "Bill's a great coach, and I'm sure [he] will add a lot of personality and intrigue. And he's as competitive as they get, so I'm sure he'll do a good job. " Before the Saints pick someone to run the team this year, though, Goodell still has to rule on Payton's appeal of his seasonlong suspension, along with the appeals of shorter suspensions to assistant coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis and penalties handed down to the team.
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April 1, 2012
The West Texas district attorney who prosecuted former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf in 2009 said Saturday he would file a motion to revoke Leaf's probation after his arrest in Montana. Leaf was arrested Friday in Great Falls on burglary and drug possession charges, police said. James Farren, the Randall County district attorney who negotiated a plea deal with Leaf in 2010, said he would file the motion Monday. Leaf could face more than 10 years in prison. The former NFL quarterback did not immediately respond to text and voice mail messages left Saturday.
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June 20, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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June 18, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was in custody yesterday on drug and burglary charges out of Texas after being arrested by customs agents in Washington state as he returned to the United States from Canada. James Farren, the district attorney in Randall County in West Texas, said Leaf was arrested by federal customs agents. Bond was set at $45,000 and Leaf's attorney in Washington told the court Leaf would post the bond and return to Texas by himself. Leaf also was to come back to court in Whatcom County on July 16, legal assistant Jennifer Bonstein said.
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November 8, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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July 27, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Ryan Leaf has retired, ending a career that began in 1998 when he was the No. 2 overall draft pick and considered one of the NFL's most promising young quarterbacks. Leaf did not report to the Seattle Seahawks' training camp Thursday, when quarterbacks were due to report to the team's facility at Eastern Washington University. Team spokesman Dave Pearson said yesterday that Leaf - who fizzled in San Diego, Tampa Bay and Dallas - told the Seahawks he is quitting. In four seasons, Leaf appeared in 25 games, making 21 starts.
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November 19, 2001 | By Ron Reid INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 15, 2001 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Charles Dickens would probably forgive Ryan Leaf. After all, Leaf is the one who has endured the worst of times while Donovan McNabb has seen mostly the best of times. "It's a tale of two stories," Leaf said yesterday in a conference call with Philadelphia reporters. Close enough. Actually, it's a tale of two No. 2's. Leaf was the second pick in the 1998 draft, McNabb the second pick in 1999. Leaf will start Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys, his third team. McNabb will be looking for his third straight victory against the Cowboys.
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