Ex-NFL QB Leaf gets probation in Texas drug case
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been
sentenced to 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to seven
felony drug charges in Texas.
State District Judge John B. Board sentenced Leaf on Wednesday
in Amarillo. Leaf, who appeared in court, also was fined $20,000.
Leaf, speaking to reporters after the hearing, said "deep in my
heart I knew I had a problem" even as he continued to use
prescription pain medication.
Leaf, who has been living in Canada, was a star at Washington
State but a bust during his four-year NFL career.
He then coached quarterbacks at West Texas A&M in Canyon. He
resigned in November 2008.
Leaf was indicted in May 2009 by a grand jury in Texas.