Ryan Leaf learned some valuable life lessons over the years, and he hopes to show others, if he can, how to avoid some of the mistakes he made after leaving Washington State University as one of the most successful quarterbacks in school history.
Leaf, a native of Great Falls, Mont., will appear Tuesday at Signs Now at 627 N. Kellogg St., Kennewick, to sign the first of his three autobiographical books called 596 Switch. The 6-foot-5 former Heisman Trophy finalist is scheduled to appear from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The title of the book is a reference to the play the Cougars would have run if time hadn't run out during the team's 21-16 loss to Michigan in the 1998 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
Leaf spent five years in the National Football League after being selected by the San Diego Chargers with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft. The Chargers set the bar high for Leaf, but he never lived up to the lofty expectations.
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He played for the Chargers from 1998-2000 before joining with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2001), Dallas Cowboys (2001) and Seattle Seahawks (2002). He completed 317 of 655 career passing attempts for 3,666 yards, throwing 14 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.
After Leaf retired, he joined the coaching staff at West Texas A&M in 2006 before resigning under a cloud of controversy in 2008 that alleged he asked a player for a pain pill. Leaf was later sentenced to 10 years of probation and fined $20,000.
In June, Leaf had surgery to remove a benign tumor from his brain stem.
Leaf said he won't hold anything back in his book series, addressing both success and failure alike.