Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf released from prison

Former No. 2 NFL draft pick Ryan Leaf released from Montana prison

Ryan Leaf, the No. 2 overall draft pick in the 1998 NFL draft behind Peyton Manning, was released Wednesday from a Montana prison after serving more than two years for felony drug possession and burglary.

In 2012, Leaf, who was already on probation in Texas in connection with similar charges dating back to a 2008 arrest, broke into a Great Falls, Mont., home to steal prescription drugs.

The former Washington State standout was arrested twice over a two-day period and later pleaded guilty to the charges.

He is now under supervised probation in Great Falls.

Leaf, a former Heisman Trophy candidate, was drafted by the San Diego Chargers. He spent the first three years of his career in San Diego, where he made headlines for his bad behavior and failed to live up to the hype of the second overall pick. 

He amassed a record of 4-16 as a starter between the 1998 and 2000 seasons. In that time he threw 13 touchdown passes and had 33 passes intercepted. He missed the 1999 season after suffering a shoulder injury in training camp. 

After being cut by the Chargers in February 2001, Leaf was brought on by the Dallas Cowboys. He appeared in four games and made three more starts, all losses.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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