BY SPNW Staff 08:11AM 12/05/2014

Ex-Cougs QB Leaf released from Montana prison

Former Washington State University quarterback Ryan Leaf, after spending more than two years in a Montana prison on drug and theft charges, received his release this week.

Ryan Leaf as he appeared upon entering Montana state prison in 2012 and how he appeared this week upon his release. / Montana State Department of Corrections

The Montana State Department of Corrections released former Washington State University and NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf from prison this week, more than two years after Leaf was incarcerated on burglary and drug charges. Although out of prison, Leaf will remain under the supervision of the Great Falls, MT. Probation and Parole Department.

Leaf, the 1997 Pac-10 Player of the Year when he led Washington State to its first Rose Bowl in 67 years, was arrested March 2, 2012 after he broke into two homes in one weekend in an attempt to steal prescription drugs. Three months later, Leaf pleaded guilty to an array of charges and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Leaf was scheduled to spend 15 of those months in a treatment facility, but was booted from a rehab program in January, 2013.

In 1998, the San Diego Chargers made Leaf the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft, behind Peyton Manning.

Leaf, however, washed out of the NFL after only 25 games. He later became a quarterbacks coach at a small Texas college, and it was while he held that position that he first was in trouble with the law for stealing prescription drugs.

Leaf still faces a possible extradition to Texas. Prosecutors will make that determination over the next six months.




  • jafabian

    Hope he can get his life turned around.

  • Big

    Pasta and the sedentary life style will change a man’s appearance. Mr. Leaf I wish you a happy and healthy life.

  • Bob

    Once a dirtbag…

    • art thiel

      Untrue, Bob. Neither of us know what’s in his head. And . . . save the jokes.

  • tee72

    Good story. Met him at a Sonics game in 98 as he had the same agent as a Sonic, and then again in 99 and he remembered my name.