10 NFL Busts


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Ryan Leaf
Ryan Leaf of the San Diego Chargers looks on against the Tennessee Oilers at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 13, 1998 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Ryan Leaf of the San Diego Chargers looks on against the Tennessee Oilers at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 13, 1998 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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There was a lot of debate in 1998 about whether Ryan Leaf or Peyton Manning deserved to be the first selection in the NFL draft. As it turned out, Leaf was drafted second by the San Diego Chargers and given a $31 million contract. He played well in his first two games before going into a tailspin that included poor play and feuds with the media. The Chargers released him at the close of the 2000 season. Over a subsequent 15-month span, he was signed and released by San Diego, Tampa Bay and Dallas. A wrist injury he incurred while employed by the Seattle Seahawks sent him to retirement with a cumulative record of 14 touchdowns, 36 interceptions, and a career quarterback rating of 50.0.

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