Dallas Cowboys: Ryan Leaf
The Dallas Cowboys need to plan their exit strategy from quarterback Tony Romo today or they're going to be stuck in the same situation they were in when Troy Aikman retired after the 2000 season.
After Aikman retired, the Cowboys turned to guys like Quincy Carter, Ryan Leaf, Chad Hutchinson, Vinny Testaverde and Drew Bledsoe to lead them.
Bledsoe and Testaverde were past their primes. The rest weren't good enough.
The Cowboys had a flawed plan.
That can't happen again.
Read why here.
Ryan Leaf, the colossal bust as the No. 2 overall pick behind Payton Manning in 1998 who played four games with the Cowboys in 2001, was sentenced on eight felony drug charges Wednesday in an Amarillo courtroom.
Leaf pleaded guilty to seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of delivery of a simulated controlled substance. He was fined $20,000 and placed on 10 years' probation.
Here are some details from The Associated Press report (full story):
In late 2008 after resigning from West Texas A&M in Canyon where he coached quarterbacks for three seasons, Leaf said he spent 42 days in an inpatient treatment center in Vancouver, B.C., before doing two months of outpatient care. He said he has been clean for 17 months.
Randall County District Attorney James Farren said after the deal was finalized that Leaf's addiction was flagrant and that everyone on the West Texas A&M football team knew about it.
"Everyone knew if you got injured you'd get a visit from Ryan Leaf," Farren said. "And when he left he had half their pain medication."