Former NFL Quarterback Ryan Leaf Arrested on Domestic Battery Charge

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Former NFL number two overall pick and ESPN analyst Ryan Leaf was arrested Friday on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge. Leaf was released from jail on Friday night after he posted $5,000 bail. 

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Former NFL quarterback and ESPN football analyst Ryan Leaf was arrested Friday in Southern California on a domestic battery charge.

The 44-year-old finished third in Heisman voting in 1997 and led the Washington State Cougars to the Rose Bowl. He was drafted second overall by the San Diego Chargers in 1998, but his professional career flamed out quickly. Leaf was 4-14 in three seasons as a starter... in 2001, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys where he went 0-3, finishing his four-year professional career with 14 touchdown passes and 36 interceptions.

Leaf struggled with drugs and legal problems since his time in football. He was arrested in 2012 for breaking into a home in Montana to steal prescription drugs, which violated his Texas probation and led to 32 months in prison. After his release, Leaf focused his time on helping fellow addicts and alcoholics stay sober.

Leaf was released Friday on $5,000 bail from the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Riverside, California. He is due back in court on Sept. 25 to answer to the charges.