The first installment of a three-book series from former Washington State star quarterback Ryan Leaf has arrived and, according to his first interview with SWX, it promises to hold nothing back.
“I didn’t put a muffle on it or a muzzle on it or anything like that,” Leaf told the outlet, which covers Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. “I was just true to what I was feeling and when we edited it with my editor that’s what came out. It was true to form and I think people will be surprised by it but understand where I am coming from.”
Entitled “596 Switch,” the book is a nod to the play the Cougars would have run if time hadn’t controversially run out on them in the 1998 Rose Bowl against Michigan, Leaf told SWX. Leaf attempted to spike the ball with two seconds left but time ran out before he could do so, sending Washington State to a 21-16 loss. The book details his childhood and time in Pullman with the second and third books of his “trilogy” to cover his NFL career and post-football life.
One of the biggest NFL draft busts of all-time, Leaf was selected with the second overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers, one pick behind Peyton Manning. He was out of the league by 2002. He had a short-lived coaching career at West Texas A&M, but personal problems – including a fiery temper – have crippled his career.