San Jose State LB hopes to return from burns

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) San Jose State linebacker Jared Leaf says he would like to play football again after being severely burned during an apartment fire two months ago.

Leaf spoke publicly Monday for the first time since being hospitalized for 40 days after suffering burns while escaping April 23.

Leaf says he ran through a ''wall of fire'' to escape his apartment near campus. He says it was the ''worst pain'' he ever felt in his life. He was treated at Santa Clara Valley Medical Burn Center and was recently released to go back home to his family.

Leaf says ''only time will tell'' if he will be able to play football again. His skin is too sensitive right now but Leaf says he is feeling ''exponentially'' better every day.

Leaf was expected to start this season for the Spartans.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.