What Ryan Leaf Looks Like With Cable
Like his eponymous crinkly brethren, Ryan Leaf has fallen from his once lofty position on the branch overlooking the sporting world. However, unlike them, Leaf continues to fall, totally missing the ground on the way down. He was released from a Montana prison today, and he looked like this (compared to the smiling 1998 NFL draft pick above):
— Cody Stoots (@Cody_Stoots) December 4, 2014
Leaf got his incarceration invitation to Big Sky country after getting kick out of rehab. That's not exactly the path one would expect of an NFL draft second pick, but it's the life Leaf has carved out for himself. But Leaf being sentenced to prison doesn't seem to be as bad as serving his time.
Ryan Leaf was released from prison today and was immediately signed to be the starting QB for the Jets.
— Pierre The Pelican (@PelicanPierre) December 4, 2014
The once athletic QB now looks like that football player from high school that used to beat the crap out of you, but now asks you to leave your keys in the car while he escorts you to the Jiffy Lube Customer Lounge. I mean really, how does someone gain weight in prison?
Jesus. Ryan Leaf looks like the missing link between young and old Biff Tannen pic.twitter.com/UMLf7kMgkQ
— mike mulloy (@fakemikemulloy) December 4, 2014
It's a sobering look at the athletes who get left behind by professional sports, and a case study in what happens when professional skills and physique are controlled by an amateur brain. And remember, back in 1998 the conventional wisdom was whoever didn't get Peyton Manning would get just as good a QB in Ryan Leaf. But back again, Enron was a growth stock.
Incidentally, word is Leaf was picked second for prison yard football as well. Apparently prisoners also take the Wonderlic.
Photo via Getty
David Young has been a columnist for Sports Illustrated and ESPN and is now one for SportsGrid.com. Follow him on Twitter @turkeysflying.
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