Ryan Leaf is on indefinite leave at West Texas A&M.
Yes, you heard me right. Leaf is back in the news. This time it’s over pain killers. You know, those little pills that Charger fans everywhere were buying in bulk back in 1999 and 2000 as they watched their 2nd overall pick work his way to a QB rating of, are you sitting down, 39.
Leaf admitted to asking a player for a pill to help him deal with pain. Pain that he claims he suffered back in the NFL. Oh Ryan, come on, tricks are for kids. You weren’t there long enough to get hurt, were you? As I recall, the only thing you got hurt, were your feelings.
Maybe he just wants to live in the past. That's okay, a lot of professional athletes do it. Who couldn’t blame him for wanting to relive that $31M contract? Look, I am more certain than not, that the pay for head golf coach/QB coach for, are you still sitting down, the West Texas A&M Buffalo’s, doesn’t quite add up to seven figures a year. But hey, what do I know?
Actually, what I do know is that West Texas A&M athletic director Michael McBroom is telling us that Ryan asked to be placed on indefinite leave to deal with a personal issue. Right. Isn’t it funny how they always ask for leave only after getting caught? Or am I the only one who notices that? And exactly which personal issue are we talking about here? If I recall correctly, we have several to choose from.
Here comes my favorite part. Are you still seated? Hell, we’re almost done so you might as well just remain seated with your seatbelts fastened low and tight across your lap.
“Ryan doesn’t want this to be a distraction from the team,” McBroom stated. I almost wet myself. You have got to be kidding me. I mean, how in the world could the QUARTERBACK COACH bumming painkillers from his players be a distraction? This McBroom fellow is looney. As long as he wasn’t interrupting players during study time to bum a beer to take his pill with, we shouldn't have a problem should we? On second thought, we might have a problem.
McBroom goes on to say “He and I agreed this is the best course of action until we figure everything out.” Really? I’m not a doctor, and, I didn’t even stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but knock me over with a leaf (sorry that was horrible) but maybe he should contemplate seeing a doctor for his problem. Wouldn’t that be good course of action? Call me crazy, but at least just kick that idea around. That’s all I’m saying.
Let me end on a serious note; which admittedly is a little awkward to type while one is sitting in wet underwear, but lets hope Leaf is able to see a professional and get some help. His experience really does have to be invaluable to these kids. But Ryan, don’t forget that those kids look up to you and genuinely want to respect you you. That’s hard to do when you’re bumming prescription medication from them. You are not the first, nor will you be the last, athlete to face this challenge. People beat addictions every day. I really do wish you the best.
The captain has turned off the seatbelt sign. You are free to move about the cabin.