NFL bust Ryan Leaf signs book deal

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Pullman, WA - Ryan Leaf has signed another contract.

The former NFL quarterback has inked a deal to write three books for Crimson Oak Publishing.

The first book, due next fall, will cover the four years between when Leaf decided to play for Washington State and the school's appearance in the Rose Bowl.

Another book "will focus on his inspirational battle with and victory over prescription painkillers and the demons of self-doubt that haunted him since his once-promising pro career came undone at age 26," the publishers said in a release.

Leaf will write a third book -- "a broader biography" -- about living life in the public eye that will include his time with the San Diego Chargers.

Considered to be among the biggest busts in NFL history, Leaf was drafted No. 2 behind Peyton Manning in 1998 and received the biggest signing bonus for a rookie until that time.

Leaf played just 25 games in four NFL seasons, starting 21, and has mostly made headlines for legal troubles, including drug and burglary charges.


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