On Tuesday, a Great Falls, Montana judge sentenced former NFL (and Cowboys’) quarterback Ryan Leaf to nine months in lockdown addiction treatment, likely to be followed by six months in a pre-release center, after Leaf pleaded guilty last month to breaking into a house and possessing prescription painkillers illegally.
That Leaf will begin his sentence in an intensive rehabilitation center (and continue at the pre-release center) came at the recommendation of District Judge Kenneth Neil. All told, Leaf was sentenced to seven years with the Department of Corrections. Two years of the sentence will be suspended if the 36-year-old abides by the conditions of his sentence.
After being drafted out of Washington State by the San Diego Chargers, Leaf spent four seasons in the NFL, with San Diego, Tampa Bay, Dallas and Seattle.
In his short stint with Dallas, in 2001, Leaf appeared in four games, throwing for 494 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. The Cowboys lost each game in which Leaf appeared, and he was released the following summer.
Leaf got on with Seattle following his year in Dallas, but abruptly retired from the NFL just before the Seahawks’ 2002 training camp was set to open.
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