This Sunday on Outside the Lines, the former NFL quarterback and No. 2 overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, Ryan Leaf, joins host Bob Ley on set from Philadelphia (9 a.m. ET, ESPN).
In an effort to prevent others from making the same mistakes he did, Leaf has decided to share his story with the world. At the NFL Combine, he spoke with the draft prospects and he continues the process Sunday with Ley – on the heels of Thursday’s appearance.
But this isn’t the first time Leaf has opened up to Ley about his struggle. In November 2011 when he was selling a book about his life, Leaf visited Outside the Lines.
“I was a hypocrite then,” he said. “It was probably three days later that I would relapse a few more times.” [Leaf went to prison about five months after that interview].
Leaf recalled the hotel he stayed in while in New York City around that time, “I was having pills delivered to me there three days after those interviews.”
But after a constant battle with drugs that put him out of his job as a quarterback, sent him to prison, and left him isolated from friends and family, Leaf says he has finally found his way.
“I was as miserable as I could be and I couldn’t tell anybody then [five years ago] because I was selling a book,” said Leaf. “I’m not selling anything here, I’m selling sobriety if you want it. I’m selling being a better person, if you want it.”
Leaf shares more about his difficult journey to achieve sobriety on Outside the Lines this Sunday and his story is the subject of the new weekly E:60 on Sunday, May 21, reported by Tom Rinaldi.
“I’m just giving a message because there are a ton of people who’ve had similar experiences like mine,” said Leaf.