Ryan David Leaf born 15 May 1976 is a former football quarterback who played for the San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys between 1998 and 2001. He was selected as the second overall pick in 1998 NFL Draft, which many scouts predicted that Leaf would have a successful career in the league. His professional career has been called one of the most disappointing in sports history.
Leaf was a finalist in voting for the He is man Trophy, given annually to the "most out standing" player in American college football, as voted on by media figures and former players. He was also selected as the Pac-10 offensive player of the year, was a first-team All-American and finished second in the nation in passing rating.
Leaf married to one of the Chargers cheerleaders, Nicole. They separated two years later and divorced soon after. EAF joined Don Carthel West Texas A & M University coaching staff as a volunteer quarterbacks coach in 2006.